Alvin Gentry will have his second interview with the Grizzlies later this week.
The Grizz are expected to complete their search for Lionel Hollins' replacement by the end of the week. Assistant Dave Joeger is considered the front-runner, but Gentry is strongly in the mix. From a fantasy perspective, Gentry is the more desirable candidate as a proponent of free-flowing offense.
The Grizzlies came away from their interview with Alvin Gentry extremely impressed by the former Suns coach, a source tells CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
Gentry interviewed with the Grizzlies on Friday. He was expected to meet with owner Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien. Gentry got a bit of a short stick in Phoenix, stuck with an extremely undermanned roster operating under a strict budget. Berger reports the Grizzlies will interview former Nuggets coach George Karl on Monday and then assistant Dave Joerger will follow Tuesday. Joerger is considered the favorite for the job, while Karl has reportedly expressed a strong interest in the position. It remains to be seen if Friday's interview will vault Gentry to the top of the list.
Alvin Gentry will interview for the Grizzlies head coaching job, a source told Yahoo! Sports.
The interview is expected to take place on Friday. Gentry was contacted by the Grizzlies on Wednesday, and he's expected to sit down with owner Robert Pera as well as CEO Jason Levien. Other candidates for the job include assistant Dave Joerger, George Karl and Bulls assistant Ed Pickney.
Suns GM Ryan McDonough admitted that his team "need[s] some help on the wing."
Phoenix has been focusing on SGs and SFs during recent draft-prospect workouts. Sunday's group included New Mexico G/F Tony Snell, whom the Suns would be happy to draft with the No. 30 pick if he's still available, but they're also interested in Providence SG Ricky Ledo and Long Beach State G/F James Ennis, among others. McDonough has previously stated that he'll try to acquire another first-round pick in the draft, in addition to the Suns' No. 5 and No. 30 picks.
The Suns hold the No. 5 and No. 30 picks in the 2013 draft, but GM Ryan McDonough is interested in acquiring another first-rounder.
"The issue for me might be too many good choices rather than not enough [with the No. 5 pick]," said McDonough. "We could get [another pick] at almost any range except for maybe the very, very top." Phoenix has plenty of assets (including six first-round picks over the next three seasons) and their newly-minted GM seems eager to strike a deal, so we'll keep a close eye on the Suns as draft day approaches.
The Suns could look to trade for another pick in the first round after their fifth overall pick.
"We've talked to a few teams about getting in the draft at different ranges," GM Ryan McDonough said. "We have good assets to do that. We have to evaluate all of these guys, figure out where they're going to go. And then if we can get in at a particular range where a guy is undervalued, we'll try to get in and get him there." The Suns also have the 30th pick in in the draft and have a lot of work to do.
The Suns reportedly want to keep the ball in Goran Dragic's hands offensively.
The regime change in Phoenix should be a good thing for Dragic. Both GM Ryan McDonough and coach Jeff Hornacek have hinted at running the offense through their point guard, who disappointed fantasy owners in his first year as a full-time starter. Dragic has plenty of bounce-back appeal on a Suns roster void of talent.