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Lakers coaching search: Lionel Hollins on the interview list

In this file photo, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins gestures during the first half in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, May 27, 2013. (Danny Johnston/AP File Photo)

In this file photo, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins gestures during the first half in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, May 27, 2013. (Danny Johnston/AP File Photo)

The Lakers have expanded their coaching search beyond candidates who have previous ties to the organization.

The Lakers plan to interview former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, according to a league source familiar with the discussions. A firm date is not set, but the interview will likely take place later this week, said the league source.

The Lakers also interviewed both Mike Dunleavy and Byron Scott last week. Although the Lakers hope to hire their next head coach before the NBA Draft on June 26, they are not expected to finalize the coaching search within the next two weeks.

Hollins compiled a proven track record through five seasons with Memphis (2008-2013) with five playoff appearances, including a Western Conference Finals appearance. His disciplined leadership style and strong defensive philosophies fit partly the criteria both the Lakers and Kobe Bryant want in their next head coach.

Despite his success with Memphis, Hollins’ contract was not renewed following the 2012-13 season amid philosophical differences with Grizzlies management.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the Lakers’ plans to interview Hollins.

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