Report: Memphis to interview Portland assistant Nate Tibbetts for coaching job

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With former coach Dave Joerger now in central California, the Grizzlies are ramping up their coaching search.

Memphis has reached out to Frank Vogel, interviewed Patrick Ewing, and is got permission to set up an interview with Heat lead assistant David Fizdale. Next up on that list is Portland assistant Nate Tibbetts, reports Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Memphis Grizzlies have been granted permission to interview Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Nate Tibbetts for their vacant head coach position, league sources informed cleveland.com….

Tibbetts is a well-respected and innovative young coach who was once an assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers for two seasons beginning in 2011. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, he was the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Players such as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum praise Tibbetts, he’s respected in the locker room. He’s the guy players reach out to when they want to get in some odd-hours work, knowing he will be game.

Tibbetts also has been a head coach in the D-League, a useful experience for those adjusting to the big chair in the NBA. He’s a player development guy, and if the Grizzlies are now (or in the next few years) going to have to blow up the grit and grind era and start rebuilding, he could be a fantastic fit.