Report: Grizzlies, JB Bickersfaff Agree to Three-Year Deal

by April 27, 2018

The Memphis Grizzlies and head coach JB Bickerstaff have reportedly come to terms on a three-year agreement.

Bickerstaff coached the final 63 games of the regular season after taking over for David Fizdale in late November.

Bickerstaff finished with a 15-48 record while dealing with multiple injuries.


Despite a 15-48 record, Bickerstaff made a strong impression on management and Grizzlies players under difficult circumstances and ultimately became a clear choice within the organization to become elevated to the full-time coaching role.

Bickerstaff was without one of the NBA’s top point guards, Mike Conley, for most of the season. Memphis has a chance at a top-three pick in the 2018 NBA draft and could retool quickly to return to playoff contention.

Bickerstaff replaced Kevin McHale as the Houston Rockets’ coach in 2015, completing the season 37-34 and reaching the playoffs as interim coach. Bickerstaff was an assistant coach for 11 seasons before the interim role with the Rockets, including stops with Charlotte, Minnesota and Houston. His father, Bernie Bickerstaff, was a successful NBA head coach and executive.