Just weeks after firing former head coach Dave Joerger, the Memphis Grizzles have reportedly found their new leader.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the team has reached an agreement with longtime Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale. The deal is reported to be four years, with the final year being a team option.
Former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who accepted the Orlando Magic’s head coaching position, was also a strong candidate for the job.
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Mark Stein of ESPN.com reported that Fizdale had a “strong first interview” with the Grizzles, and that he, along with San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego, were co-finalists for the Memphis position.
Berry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that Fizdale had served as Erik Spoelstra’s assistant head coach over the past two seasons, and was with Miami for a total of eight years. He also spent four years as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks and one with the Golden State Warriors.
Miami made the playoffs in seven of Fizdale’s eight years on the coaching staff, appearing in four NBA Finals and winning two.
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