The Memphis Grizzlies are expected to announce their new head coach at the end of the week once they conclude their interview with assistant Dave Joeger, who will be the last candidate to get a shot at the job. As of right now, there is no indication on which lucky man will get the job. With that being said, 2013 NBA Coach of the Year George Karl and former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry are said to be the two favorites.
Memphis fired head coach Lionel Hollins after the Grizzlies were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Many believed Memphis would be foolish to allow Hollins to walk, especially since he led the team to 56 wins and their first trip to the Western Conference Finals in franchise history. However, reported tension between Hollins and the new management was clearly enough for the organization to move on.
Karl would be the obvious choice to replace Hollins, but the fact that he could command to much money, which is the same reason the Denver Nuggets parted ways with him, could be the only reason he does not get the position. Other than that, Memphis would be very lucky to acquire a coach with Karl’s talent.
Gentry reportedly impressed the Grizzlies management team, which is one reason why many believe he is the front runner to be the new head coach. Even though he may not carry the same career record or postseason experience that Karl does, he will certainly be much cheaper.
Memphis should not be concerning themselves with how much it will cost to hire a new head coach, especially since the team was one series away from the NBA Finals in 2012-13. Bringing in Karl is the most logical decision, and price should not be a factor.