The New York Knicks have agreed to a deal with David Fizdale for him to become their next coach, according to a multiple reports. The news was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
David Fizdale has agreed to a four-year deal to become the next coach of the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN.
Fizdale on Thursday in New York met with Knicks owner James Dolan, who then gave his approval to president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry to enter into contract negotiations with Fizdale, league sources said.
Fizdale, who coached the Memphis Grizzlies into the Western Conference playoffs in his one full season as coach, was New York's primary target from the start of the search process.
Fizdale traveled back to his Los Angeles home Thursday night, and will be back to New York for a news conference early next week, according to league sources. Fizdale also expected to travel to Latvia soon to meet with Knicks All-Star center Kristaps Porzingis, sources said.
Mills and Perry met with several candidates prior to agreeing to terms with Fizdale. Among the coaches they interviewed: former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Heat assistant Juwan Howard, Spurs assistant James Borrego, Toronto G League coach Jerry Stackhouse, Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga and Clippers assistant Mike Woodson.
Fizdale went 50-51 with the Grizzlies in one-plus seasons. He was fired by the Grizzlies on Nov. 27 after a slow start to the season. Prior to coaching the Grizzlies, Fizdale was a longtime NBA assistant coach with stops in Golden State, Atlanta and Miami.
The Knicks dismissed their coach Jeff Hornacek on Apr. 12, one day after the regular season ended. During two seasons with New York, Hornacek posted a record of 60-104 as injuries made it hard for the team to build consistency. The Knicks have missed the playoffs for five straight seasons.
Fizdale would be the 29th head coach in Knicks franchise history.