Grizzlies to hire Taylor Jenkins as head coach

Mike Conley

Mike Conley

The Memphis Grizzlies are hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as their next head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 34-year-old Jenkins was Mike Budenholzer's assistant in Milwaukee this season and in Atlanta for five seasons.

Jenkins is third National Basketball Association head coach to come directly off from Mike Budenholzer's coaching staff, including Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz and Kenny Atkinson of the Brooklyn Nets. Before being elevated to head coach, he spent four seasons as a Toros assistant following a stint in the basketball operations department for the Spurs. Budenholzer, of course, earned his shot as a head coach after 18 seasons working under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.

Jenkins has built a reputation as an outstanding young teacher and tactician, something the Grizzlies saw as greatly attractive with a talent like Murray State point guard Ja Morant, within their crosshairs.

According to ESPN, Jenkins met with Memphis' revamped front office three times during the franchise's coaching search to replace J.B. Bickerstaff, who was sacked April 11 after just one season in the role full-time.

The rebuilding Grizzlies will welcome Jenkins with his first-hand experience in that system and trust him with the keys to a rebuilding franchise.

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