Grizzlies hire Bucks assistant Jenkins as new coach

Former Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins is the new head coach of the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as head coach, the franchise announced Tuesday.

Jenkins, 34, has been an assistant under Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer for six seasons — one with Milwaukee, and five with the Atlanta Hawks before that.

Jenkins will be introduced to the media Wednesday at 2 p.m. Central time.

“We are excited to welcome Taylor Jenkins to the Grizzlies organization,” Grizzlies executive vice president of basketball operations Zachary Z. Kleiman said in a statement.

“Taylor has an excellent coaching pedigree and we are confident he will lay the groundwork of developing the young players on our roster while having the elite basketball acumen and forward-thinking positive vision to be a high-level NBA head coach.”

Jenkins was the head coach of the Austin Toros, the San Antonio Spurs’ G-League affiliate, for the 2012-13 season. He led the Toros to the semifinals that year. Before that, he was an assistant coach with the Toros for four seasons.

Along with Jenkins, candidates for the Grizzlies vacancy reportedly included Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, European coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, Golden State Warriors assistant Jarron Collins, former Phoenix Suns coach Igor Kokoskov, Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts and Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin.