May 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; ESPN broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy during game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Memphis Grizzlies after Jeff Van Gundy


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.

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  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    I like this guy, the thing about these analysts, is they have studied and watched these teams all season. They have remarkable resumes and know these team all but in the locker room. This validates for an amazing interview on Van Gundy. This is another reason I think Kerr is so smart now (besides being a former player) because of working for TNT and being in the front office for Arizona. These guys are good candidates.

  • sharocksthefire

    Boo to Van Gundy for Lance comments, on what he would do given top dollar! What bad stereotyping

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