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UPDATE: Heat assistant coach David Fizdale signs deal to become Grizzlies head coach

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Fizdale served as a Heat assistant for eight years.

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UPDATE: Sources are reporting Thursday that David Fizdale has agreed to terms and has signed a contract to become the next Memphis Grizzlies head coach. The deal is reported to be a four-year deal, with the team holding the option for the final year.


Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported today that the Memphis Grizzlies had offered Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale their head coaching job. The two sides are working towards a contract, Wojnarowski said.

The prolific NBA reporter said that the two sides are expected to complete the deal soon. Fizdale has spent the last eight seasons with Miami and served as Erik Spoelstra's top assistant.

For the Heat, this move represents a bittersweet ending. Fizdale helped Miami win two championships, working with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on their post games. But with Spoelstra likely to remain the coach for a while, the 41-year-old assistant needed to go elsewhere to grow as a head coach.