The Brooklyn Nets have been stymied in attempts of talking about their head coaching vacancy with Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.
According to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, citing an unnamed source, the Grizzlies denied permission to the Nets to talk with Hollins. The report also said it was unsure whether the Nets will make a second attempt to request permission from the Grizzlies.
Hollins' contract with the Grizzlies expires June 30. If he doesn't re-sign with Memphis, he potentially could become a free agent. It is for that reason that the Grizzlies are likely not allowing Brooklyn permission, hoping that they can re-sign Hollins before his pact expires.
The Nets are also interested in Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and have been granted permission from the Pacers to talk to Shaw, according to Yahoo! Sports. A meeting between Shaw and Nets general manager Billy King is expected in the coming days, according to the report.
Shaw is reportedly on the radar of at least one other team, the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the Yahoo report. Hollins name has also reportedly been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Clippers' job, as well.
"The Pacers have been contacted by several teams since the end of the season regarding Brian," Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "The season has ended and now he plans to speak to a few teams about potential opportunities to be a head coach. He will not be commenting on anything to do with this process, or the specific teams involved."