AP source: Grizzlies hire Taylor Jenkins as new head coach

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Published 3:07 p.m. ET June 11, 2019 | Updated 3:33 p.m. ET June 11, 2019

The Memphis Grizzlies finally filled their coaching vacancy by hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins.

Jenkins is expected to be introduced at news conference on Wednesday, a person told The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because Memphis has not publicly announced the hiring.

The Grizzlies have been looking for a new coach since firing J.B. Bickerstaff the day after the season ended in April. Jenkins, 34, was Mike Budenholzer’s assistant in Milwaukee this season and in Atlanta for five seasons. Jenkins becomes Memphis’ fourth head coach since the Grizzlies chose not to renew Lionel Hollins’ contract after leading them to their lone Western Conference final appearance in 2013.

ESPN.com first reported the Jenkins’ hiring.

Jenkins started in the NBA as an intern with the San Antonio Spurs’ basketball operations department during the 2007-08 season. He then was an assistant coach with the Spurs’ G League team, the Toros, and worked under both Quin Snyder, now head coach of the Utah Jazz and Brad Jones, now coach of Memphis’ G League team. Jenkins was named head…

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