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Report: J.B. Bickerstaff and Grizzlies agree to three-year deal

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Grizzlies and Bickerstaff finally come to an agreement

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J.B. Bickerstaff and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a three-year deal for Bickerstaff to serve as head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

J.B. Bickerstaff served as interim coach for the Grizzlies since David Fizdale was fired after a 7-12 start. Bickerstaff and Grizzlies then finished 15-48 for a final record of 22-60. This will be Bickerstaff’s first permanent NBA head coaching job.

The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported earlier today that the Grizzlies and Bickerstaff were in serious discussions for the head coach position.

This would mean that the Grizzlies would start game 1 of a regular season with a new head coach for the first time in three years.

Bickerstaff previously served as an NBA assistant coach for 13 years and as an interim coach once before for the 2015-16 Houston Rockets after Kevin McHale was fired mid-season. The Rockets went 37-34 under his leadership before losing in five games to the 73-9 Golden State Warriors.

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