The Memphis Grizzlies have begun making contact with several head-coaching candidates, as well as the representatives of Frank Vogel, league sources told The Vertical.
The preliminary stages of Memphis’ search to replace Dave Joerger include Vogel – the former Indiana Pacers coach – who used the weekend to decompress after losing his job on Thursday, league sources said.
Vogel plans to start evaluating head-coaching opportunities early this week, league sources said.
Memphis has started reaching out to teams to obtain permission to interview candidates, and league sources told The Vertical that part of the franchise’s working list of coaches includes former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina, Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing, Portland assistant Nate Tibbets and Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale, league sources said.
Memphis general manager Chris Wallace and assistant general manager Ed Stefanski are planning to start meeting with candidates at the Chicago predraft camp this week, league sources said.
Memphis’ candidate list will grow longer in the coming days, and franchise leaders have been describing to people a desire to find a coach who’ll be a program builder for them, league sources said. Memphis wants to transform its player-development program and find a coach who’ll be a partner in rebuilding the roster and culture around stars Marc Gasol and free agent Mike Conley.