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Former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next coach of the New York Knicks, according to Yahoo Sports.
Fizdale is one of nearly a dozen names linked to the Knicks’ vacancy. He has also been mentioned as a candidates for openings with the Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks.
Among the other reported candidates for the Knicks: Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, ESPN analyst and former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson and former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.
Fizdale, 43, was fired by the Grizzlies this past season following a 7-12 start. He led the Grizzlies to a 43-39 record and a playoff berth in his first season as a head coach in 2016-17. Before that, he was a longtime assistant with the Miami Heat.
Per Yahoo, Fizdale and the Knicks have not finalized an agreement. But the sides, it seems, are nearing a deal.
The Knicks fired former coach Jeff Hornacek immediately after the final game of the regular season.