Grizzlies name Bucks' Jenkins as new head coach

Mike Conley

Mike Conley

Prior to that he served as a head coach with the Austin Spurs of the G League.

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies are hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as their next head coach.

Zachary Kleiman, Memphis' executive vice-president of basketball operations, says Jenkins has an excellent coaching pedigree and elite basketball acumen and is someone they believe will develop the young Grizzlies.

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.

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Jenkins has served as an assistant under head coach Mike Budenholzer since 2013, first with the Atlanta Hawks (2013-2018) and then with the Bucks (2018-19). In fact, Jenkins becomes the third Budenholzer protege to land a full-time gig, joining Kenny Atkinson and Quin Snyder before him. Budenholzer, of course, earned his shot as a head coach after 18 seasons working under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. Jackson averaged 13.8 points per game as a rookie. The Grizzlies are expected to formalize the announcement later today.

The Grizzlies will introduce Jenkins at news conference on Wednesday.

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.

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