Lionel Hollins is working on a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies to serve as their head coach for the third time — but the first time without the interim label.
Memphis general manager Chris Wallace confirmed Friday that he hoped to reach an agreement this weekend with Hollins, a star player at Rancho High School before moving on to Arizona State and the NBA.
Hollins, an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, will replace Marc Iavaroni, who was fired Thursday. Assistant Johnny Davis will be the interim coach until Hollins’ arrival.
Hollins, who graduated from Rancho in 1971, went 18-46 as the interim coach during the 1999-2000 and 2004-05 seasons. He flew with the Bucks to Atlanta for their game with the Hawks on Friday and then left the team.
“We’re sad he’s leaving, but it’s just such a great opportunity for him,” Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said. “His family’s there. He’s comfortable.”
• JAZZ — Longtime team owner Larry H. Miller’s legs were amputated 6 inches below the knee after complications from Type 2 diabetes. Miller, 64, was recovering in a hospital, a Jazz spokesman said.
On Thursday, Gov. Jon Huntsman chose Miller to chair a new commission that will look for ways to increase Utah’s low voter turnout and improve ethics in government. Miller did not attend the announcement — the reason given was that he had a hospital appointment.