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.
Rockets, Clippers Interested in Andre Iguodala
According to the report, the Grizzlies have tried to find a suitable trade partner to ship out Iguodala in the hopes of getting some value back, and have engaged in talks with the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets at different points.
In regards to the Rockets, they are still not comfortable with the idea of going deep in the luxury tax just to land Iguodala.
The Clippers appear to be resistant in giving up newly acquired forward Mo Harkless in landing Iguodala.
Grizzlies’ Tyus Jones Excited for New Team, Thankful for Time in Minnesota
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones is excited for what will come next in his career with his new team, but he is also appreciative of his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who gave him the chance to play in his home state.
“I’ve just got a lot of emotions right now,” Jones said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
“I don’t really know how exactly to feel. I’m just excited. I’m just ready for my next chapter of my career and my life.”
Jones showed his appreciation to the Wolves.
“I’m thankful. It’s a situation where I was fortunate enough to be able to play in my home state, and for four years at that,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that. For me, it’s a chance to play in my home state as my first taste of the NBA and to help me get acclimated to the NBA lifestyle.
“It was nothing but a blessing. I am very thankful for that and look at it as nothing but a positive. Now I get to take that next step in my journey and my career, and I’m excited for that.”
Clippers Could Be Interested in Andre Iguodala
The Los Angeles Clippers may not be done building their roster following the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
According to ESPN’s Marc Spears, the Clippers have an interested in Memphis Grizzlies’ Andre Iguodala.
The Grizzlies appear intent on dealing Iguodala shortly after acquiring him from the Golden State Warriors earlier this offseason.
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