Lionel Hollins is a sought after free-agent head coach after he led the Memphis Grizzlies to their best season in franchise history. Even though it was reported that the coaching candidates for the Milwaukee Bucks are down to former Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew and Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, Hollins is certainly in the running.
The question is not if the Bucks want Hollins, but more of the fact that the 59-year-old is looking for a team that will give him the best chance of winning. That team will most likely be the Grizzlies as the organization is certainly interested in bringing back their head coach of the last four seasons. However, teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Bucks could attempt to offer more money to pry Hollins away.
Hollins has been an assistant coach for various teams at the collegiate and professional level. He has also been the head coach for the Grizzlies on three separate occasions, with his latest stint with the team being the most successful. The fact that Hollins led the Grizzlies to a franchise-best 56 wins, as well as, their first trip to the Western Conference Finals has many owners and general managers around the league intrigued.
The former Milwaukee assistant coach under Scott Skiles would only agree to coach the Bucks if the team could guarantee a dedication to winning. There is a good chance Milwaukee could see three guards depart via free agency, which is not an ideal situation for a new head coach. With that being said, the Bucks do have some solid pieces in place, such as Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson, that could interest Hollins.
Hollins is known for being an above-average coach when it comes to developing players, which makes him an ideal fit in Milwaukee. The Bucks will never be able to land the superstar, which means they will have to develop drafted players if they ever want to reach the next level.