Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale is set to join the list of first-time coaches as the Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly agreed terms with him for next season. Sources are saying that both sides are now working on the details of his contract to make this official.
Fizdale met with Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera on Wednesday in California regarding the job offer, as reported by The Associated Press.
San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego was also in running along with Fizdale for the Grizzlies’ coaching position. It has to be noted that the 41-year old Fizdale has a close working relationship with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Their partnership resulted in two NBA championships.
Former Heat player Mario Chalmers, who is now playing with the Grizzlies, welcomed the hiring of Fizdale and even made a shout out regarding the incoming coach.
“Fizz to Memphis huh. I like that move. Great coach and even a better person. Happy for my guy fizz,” Chalmers tweeted.
The Grizzlies interest on Fizdale got some steam after Frank Vogel chose to take the coaching job with the Orlando Magic. ESPN reported that Fizdale impressed the team’s top honchos during the first interview.
Fizdale started his coaching career as an assistant in San Diego from 1998 to 2002. He then went on to become the assistant coach at Fresno State from 2002 to 2004 before being named assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors (2003), Atlanta Hawks (2004) and finally the Miami Heat (2008 till present).
Fizdale replaces Dave Joerger, who was fired by the Grizzlies on May 7 and was eventually hired by the Sacramento Kings. With the coaching search over for the Grizzlies, its front office will be busy on assessing their free agents and possible picks for the upcoming NBA Draft set on June 23 in Brooklyn.
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