The Miami Heat have granted the Memphis Grizzlies permission to interview their assistant coach David Fizdale for the vacant head coaching position at the Western Conference franchise.
As reported by the Miami Herald, Fizdale has been on the Grizzlies' radar since last week and will meet with the team's front office in the near future.
A win for the Heat tonight, however, in game seven of their second round series against the Toronto Raptors could affect exactly when the interview takes place.
Fizdale has been an assistant under Eric Spoelstra in Miami since 2008 and also holds the responsibility of being the franchise's director of player development.
Before taking up his current position, the 41-year-old spent time as an assistant for the Golden State Warriors (2003-04) and Atlanta Hawks (2004-2008). He has no experience as a player in the NBA having seen his playing career end after four years at the University of San Diego.
Speaking about Fizdale's credentials on Saturday, Spoelstra had this to say, per the Herald:
“Fiz is a great basketball coach, a dear friend of mine...He is a tremendous teacher of the game … a tremendous basketball mind.”
When Fizdale does get round to interviewing for the Grizzlies head coach role, he will face stiff competition.
Memphis has already spoken to Patrick Ewing (currently an assistant at the Hornets), and have gained permission to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina and Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Nate Tibbetts.
Former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has also been contacted as the team looks to replace Dave Joerger.