NBA rumors are now swirling with the Memphis Grizzlies who are said to be hiring former Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel to mentor the team next season.
The rumors started after the Indiana Pacers fired Vogel. It was decided by the team’s president Larry Bird after the disappointing loss against the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoff series. Bird’s preferred system with Pacers didn’t match Vogel’s offensive strategy which led to his contract not to being renewed.
On the other hand, Memphis Grizzlies recently fired Dave Joerger, who also failed to bring his team to the second round of the playoffs. Many were surprised about the Memphis management’s decision to fire Joerger. Joerger managed to bring the team to the playoffs despite having two injured stars in the team, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Dave Goerger’s .598 winning percentage was the best of any coach in Grizzlies history.
However, if they choose to hire Frank Vogel, it will be a good replacement for Goerger since Vogel also managed to bring his former team to the playoffs and his fast-paced offensive strategy may fit the Grizzlies. Vogel can help the Memphis Grizzlies’ plan to transform their player-development program and rebuild the team’s roster and culture around stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.
Aside from hiring a new head coach, the Grizzlies should also consider exploring the free agency market in order to acquire a superstar that will help them reach a higher level next season.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Memphis Grizzlies are also considering other candidates for the head coach position including former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina, Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing, Portland assistant Nate Tibbets and Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale.
Other NBA teams such as New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings are also eyeing Frank Vogel to be their next head coach. There are no details revealed however on when will the Grizzlies announce who will replace Dave Goerger. However, they should consider making a quick decision before other teams get their preferred target for the head coach vacancy.