After an eventful day, the Memphis Grizzlies announced that they have undertaken a restructuring of the franchise’s basketball operations department and that they have parted ways with head coach J.B.Bickerstaff.
Chris Wallace, who were responsible for day-to-day operations, has been reallocated and will focus exclusively on player scouting.
Moving forward, Jason Wexler will serve as President of the franchise with oversight of both business and basketball operations. Zachary Kleiman has been promoted to Exclusive Vice President of Basketball Operations.
Coach J.B.Bickerstaff took over David Fizdale’s role as the Grizzlies’ head coach 19 games into the 2017-2018 season, the Grizzlies recorded 48-97 since. Though many pointed that his decision-making ability on the sideline is limited, Bickerstaff played an important role in the growth of young players and took control over the locker room. The Grizzlies started 2018-2019 season with 12 wins and 5 losses under his coaching and the team finished the season strong.
Mike Conley was speechless after the firing, the franchise leader tweeted “No words.” Other players coached by Bickerstaff like Jonas Valanciunas and Kobi Simmons have also shown their support.
The demotion of Chris Wallace, on the other hand, is fully expected after various failures to sign free agents and multiple questionable trades made by the former general manager.
The Memphis Grizzlies has begun an active search for a new head coach and multiple positions in the basketball operations department.