The Grizzlies will interview George Karl on Monday, a source tells Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.
The Grizzlies had almost definite interest in Karl once he and the Nuggets decided to part ways. USA Today's Sam Amick reported the two parties spoke almost immediately after Karl became a free agent, but Monday's meeting appears to be the first formal face-to-face interview. Amick reported Wednesday that assistant coach Dave Joerger remains the leading candidate for the job, but Karl still appears to be a contender. The Grizzlies have also been linked to Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney and Doc Rivers if he becomes available.
The Nuggets have narrowed their search for a head coach to Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw, a league source told Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.
This is more a confirmation of assumed knowledge than anything along the lines of breaking news. Hollins is scheduled to interview with the Nuggets on Saturday and Spears reports Shaw will likely sit down with team brass at some point next week. Spears reports the Nuggets' other candidates, like Alvin Gentry, would only be considered if the team can't hire Hollins or Shaw. Shaw is also a candidate for the Clippers job and recently met for five hours with the Nets, who hired recently retired player Jason Kidd instead.
Tony DiLeo, formerly of the Sixers, has had discussions with the Nuggets about their GM job, a source told CSNNW.
DiLeo is "steadfast on a return to management" after being let go by the Sixers, and Josh Kroenke has reportedly been pleased with "how talks have gone and he considers DiLeo to be a serious candidate." It's not immediately clear what Kroenke's plan is after losing Masai Ujiri and George Karl in the same offseason, but he's got a lot of work to do.
The Nuggets will interview Lionel Hollins on Saturday, a source tells ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne.
Hollins is scheduled to meet Thursday with the Clippers, who are also very interested in Brian Shaw. Hollins has been connected with the Nuggets job from almost the minute George Karl and the team decided to part ways last week. Denver has also been linked to Shaw in the past. Current assistant Melvin Hunt is apparently a candidate to be promoted to head coach, as well.
The Nuggets will "seriously consider" promoting assistant Melvin Hunt to head coach.
Once the Nuggets opted not to re-sign George Karl they quickly obtained permission to interview high-profile candidates Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins. It seems Hunt never fell off their radar, however, and the Sixers also recently expressed interest in hiring him as their head coach. In addition to the Nuggets, the long-time NBA assistant has worked for the Cavs, Lakers and Rockets.
The Nuggets have received permission to interview Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.
Denver isn't the only attractive location for job-seeking head coaches, however, since the Clippers, Nets, 76ers and Grizzlies are still in the market. Nuggets president Josh Kroenke is also seeking a new GM after Masai Ujiri left for Toronto -- at the moment assistant VP Pete D'Alessandro is the Nuggets' in-house favorite, but the Kings have requested permission to interview him for their own GM vacancy.
Nuggets president Josh Kroenke was adamant that he intends to keep Andre Iguodala under contract.
Iguodala is slated to earn $16 million next season, but he may opt out in pursuit of a long-term deal in free agency. "I didn't bring Andre Iguodala to Denver to be here for one year," said Kroenke. He certainly has his work cut out for him, as the Nuggets are reeling in the wake of a first-round playoff exit and the departure of both George Karl and Masai Ujiri. Iguodala has been lukewarm when asked about his future in Denver.