Now that current Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach Dave Joerger is close to leaving for the same job with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Grizzlies are again on the hunt for a coach.
Had the Grizzlies known things were going to go south so fast once the season came to an end, they may have made a run at former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, but he has since been named head coach and president of the Detroit Pistons. Instead, the Grizzlies may turn to Van Gundy’s brother, current ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Grizzlies have serious interest in trying to convince Van Gundy to serve as coach and team president in a job structure modeled after the new dual role brother Stan Van Gundy has secured with the Detroit Pistons.
Jeff Van Gundy’s interest in that sort of undertaking — or the Grizzlies specifically in the wake of all their recent turmoil — is unclear, with the former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach and current ESPN analyst consistent in his reluctance to publicly discuss job openings. But after the ousting of CEO Jason Levien and with Joerger poised to leave, the immediate challenge for Grizzlies owner Robert Pera is convincing prospective candidates that they’ll be walking into a stable situation.
Van Gundy coached both the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, posting a career record of 430-318.
Another potential candidate is Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry, who recently coached the Phoenix Suns.