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Grizzlies offer David Fizdale their head coaching job

David Fizdale

It seems the Memphis Grizzlies have found their next head coach.

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies have offered their head coaching job to Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale. The two sides are working on a contract.

Fizdale, 41, has been an assistant with the Heat since 2008. He previously served as an assistant for the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors. Prior to coaching in the NBA, Fizdale was a college coach at the University of San Diego and Fresno State.

A 2013 Palm Beach Post article described Fizdale as an “integral member of the Heat staff,” who was equally valued by Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, and the team’s stars, which at the time included LeBron James in addition to Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

His strength is said to be his communication as he was often a go-between among the Heat players and head coach, having earned the trust from both groups.

The Grizzlies reached the playoffs for the sixth season in a row, though their record slipped to 42-40 this season. They fired Dave Joerger earlier in May after three seasons on the job.

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