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Report: Grizzlies to pursue Frank Vogel in head coaching search

Indiana Pacers v Toronto Raptors - Game Seven

TORONTO, ON - MAY 01: Head Coach Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers looks on in the first half of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 01, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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As the coaching carousel heats up, one recently displaced coach might be sliding into another’s place. The Pacers fired Frank Vogel on Thursday, and he’s already drawing interest from Memphis, hours after the Grizzlies’ unexpected dismissal of Dave Joerger Saturday morning.

From The Vertical‘s Adrian Wojnarowski:

As it became clearer that Joerger wanted a more lucrative contract and a fresh start elsewhere, Grizzlies management cut ties with him. Memphis is starting its search immediately, and former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel is expected to get considerable attention in the early stages of the process, sources said.

NBA.com’s David Aldridge also reported Memphis’ interest in Vogel, and his ties to GM Chris Wallace, but cautions that the Knicks are better positioned to land him if they so choose to:

Vogel would be a pretty seamless replacement for Joerger, from a basketball standpoint. They’re both defensive-minded workers, and by all accounts, Memphis’ firing of Joerger was for personality reasons, not stylistic ones. But Vogel would also command a high price tag given his success in Indiana, and it could be cheaper for the small-market Grizzlies to go for a rising assistant.

It doesn’t seem that the Grizzlies are close to finding a replacement for Joerger. But there’s a natural fit with Vogel, and it’s something to keep an eye on.