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Atlanta Hawks reportedly interviewing David Fizdale for coaching vacancy

Fizdale was let go by Memphis in 2017.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

After it was reported yesterday that Travis Schlenk and the Atlanta Hawks would meet with Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, news comes down from the New York Times’ Marc Stein that they will be interviewing David Fizdale for their head coaching vacancy today:

Fizdale was most recently the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, where he was unceremoniously ousted after clashing with star center Marc Gasol. Widely regarded as perhaps the best coach on the market (other than Mike Budenholzer, who is not in the running for the Atlanta job for obvious reasons), Fizdale would bring a development-first mentality to a Hawks team full of young talent needing to be nurtured. Previous to his short stint in Memphis, he was an assistant in Miami during the LeBron James era, moving up to be Erik Spoelstra’s lead assistant by the time he left to take the Memphis job.

Stein brings other news of potential candidates for the job:

Schlenk reiterated multiple times that the Hawks’ coaching search would be a longer process and would cover all their bases as they look for the next great young coach.

Stay tuned.