AP source: Grizzlies hire Taylor Jenkins as new head coach


A person with knowledge of the decision says the Memphis Grizzlies have hired Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins to be the team’s next head coach.

The person says Jenkins is expected to be introduced at news conference on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because Memphis has not publicly announced the hiring.

The Grizzlies are the sixth and final NBA team with a coaching vacancy to fill it. Memphis fired J.B. Bickerstaff the day after the season ended in April.

ESPN.com first reported the hiring.

Jenkins, 34, was Mike Budenholzer’s assistant in Milwaukee this season and in Atlanta for five seasons. Jenkins becomes Memphis’ fourth head coach since the Grizzlies chose not to renew Lionel Hollins’ contract after leading them to their lone Western Conference final appearance in 2013.


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