Knicks Head Coach Rumors: David Fizdale Reportedly Gaining Traction

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The New York Knicks have come to terms on a four-year deal with David Fizdale, making him their next head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It looks like the New York Knicks have found their next head coach.

Fizdale went 43-39 and led the Grizzlies to the playoffs in his lone full season in Memphis.

The Athletic's Michael Scotto reports the offer was a four-year deal, the same reported length for his contract with the Knicks.

Posting a 50-51 record with the Grizzlies from 2016-18, Fizdale lost a battle with Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol and was sacked in November. One thing about the coaches in Miami: They all go up the ranks, they all do everything before they become a head coach.

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The Knicks are expected to introduce Fizdale at a press conference sometime early next week.

They interviewed former Cavaliers coach David Blatt; former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer; former Warriors coach Mark Jackson; Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard; San Antonio assistant James Borrego; Toronto G League coach Jerry Stackhouse; Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga; and Clippers assistant Mike Woodson. They will hire David Fizdale. Fizdale, who last coached the Grizzlies before being fired in November, replaces Jeff Hornacek, who was ousted by the franchise in mid-April after a disappointing 29-53 season. But Fizdale is well-respected and liked by players around the league.

The two are said to have enjoyed a positive working relationship, according to the New York Daily News. "He's a brilliant basketball mind that has exceptional, gold-standard level communication skills".

"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go insane, he has class and he just plays the game", coach Fizdale said.