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Hollins denies rumor of Grizzlies turmoil

Associated Press Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins says he’s on board with Memphis’ new management, even though he would have liked to see the team’s core stay together. Hollins spent more than 20 minutes before Friday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors discussing the turmoil around the club. The Grizzlies have played poorly after two recent trades. One was a money move that sent Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby to Cleveland. Then a three-team deal sent Memphis leading scorer Rudy Gay to Toronto. The Grizzlies are on a two-game slide. That led to speculation that the team’s chemistry was damaged, and that Hollins was not on the same page with the Grizzlies’ new front office staff under owner Robert Pera. “There’s been a lot of negativity around our team, and me and my feelings about the trade and my feelings about management,” Hollins said. “Most of it is as far from the truth as it can be.” Memphis defeated the Washington Wizards on Feb. 1, the first game newcomers Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye were available. Since then, they’ve lost twice — at home to Phoenix on Tuesday and the following night in Atlanta. In both losses, the team struggled defensively. The Suns scored 96 points and the Hawks 103 against a team that allows a league-best 90 points a game.

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