Marred in the middle of an eight-game losing streak the Memphis Grizzlies have decided to move on from head coach David Fizdale, who was just in his second season as the teams head coach. Not only was an eight-game losing streak a big part of what caused Fizdale to lose his job, but in the teams most recent loss on Sunday to the Nets Fizdale sat All-NBA big man Marc Gasol for the whole fourth quarter, which Gasol was unhappy publicly about. Fizdale had done a decent job in his one full season and the first 19 games of this season, compiling a 50-51 record, which included them being able to take the Spurs to six games in the first round of last years playoffs where he had his famous “Take that for data!” rant.
With the firing of David Fizdale the Grizzlies have promoted assistant J.B. Bickerstaff to the interim coach, a role that he served in for the Rockets in the 2015-16 season after Kevin McHale was fired. Bickerstaff is likely not going to be the long-term answer in Memphis but he is not a terrible option to coach the team for the rest of the season because he has been around the league.
Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. to Be Eased Into Rotation
The Memphis Grizzlies will take a patient approach when the assimilate rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. into the team’s rotation this upcoming season, and will be cautious with bringing along their 18-year old prized draft pick.
Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger outlined the teams approach when it comes to Jackson.
“I think whatever happens, we want it to happen organically, and not get ahead of ourselves, and make sure we’re taking all the right steps on him, and not getting too excited and skipping ahead” Hollinger said, according to Peter Edmiston of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Jackson Jr showed promise during Summer League play, posting 11.2 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, and 3.8 blocks per game, but he will need to develop his frame to be able to handle the wear, tear, and physicality of an NBA season.
Kings Trade Garrett Temple to Grizzlies for Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis
The Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies are completing a trade that will send guard Garrett Temple to Memphis for guard Ben McLemore, forward Deyonta Davis, cash, and a 2021 second round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Temple, 32, averaged 8.4 points in 25 minutes a game for the Kings last season and will provide Memphis with a veteran wing moving forward.
Additionally, the deal clears an additional an additional $1 million in salary cap space for the Kings, who now have $20.5 million.
McLemore returns to the Kings, where he was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
Davis, 21, has struggled to crack the rotation in Memphis.
The teams are setting up a trade call with the league office on Tuesday to make the deal official.
Spurs Decline Offer Sheet For Kyle Anderson
Anderson, 24, was a major target for Memphis this offseason, who view the forward as a major upgrade to their small forward position and his signing indicated the franchise’s mission to revert back to the “grit and grind” culture that they had been known for.
Anderson will being instant defense to the Grizzlies as his plus-minus last season was impressive.
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