George Karl is talking to the Grizzlies

DENVER ( - The Denver Nuggets surprisingly parted ways with coach George Karl on Thursday, and he instantly became a hot commodity elsewhere.

According to a person with knowledge of the talks, the Memphis Grizzlies spoke with Karl almost immediately after he was let go about the possibility that he would replace Lionel Hollins.

Hollins' contract expires this month, and it appears likely he won't return. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.