Mo Has An Offer

Maurice Cheeks has an offer to join the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

If Cheeks, fired Dec. 13 as the head coach of the 76ers, accepts the invitation, he will be joining new head coach Lionel Hollins. Cheeks and Hollins were teammates with the Sixers, and have remained close friends.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Hollins has been chosen as the fulltime replacement for Marc Iavaroni, who was fired with a record of 11-30. Iavaroni, who was in his second season with the Grizzlies, was the starting power forward with the 1982-83 championship Sixers, where Cheeks was the point guard.

The Commercial Appeal reported that former Sixers head coach Johnny Davis would serve as the interim coach for two games before Hollins, an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, joins the Grizzlies.

The Daily News source said that Cheeks indicated that he was interested in joining Hollins.

The Sixers were 9-14 when Cheeks was released by the Sixers, and was 122-147 in his his three seasons-plus.