Grizzlies name Bucks' Jenkins new head coach

Grizzlies hire Bucks Jenkins as new coach

Grizzlies hire Bucks Jenkins as new coach

The final National Basketball Association head-coaching vacancy has reportedly been filled.

The Grizzlies will formally introduce Jenkins as head coach on Wednesday.

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies are hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as their next head coach.

Now that he has landed the Memphis job, Jenkins is the third Budenholzer assistant to earn an National Basketball Association head-coaching job, joining Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) and Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn Nets).

Jenkins has served as an assistant under head coach Mike Budenholzer since 2013, first with the Atlanta Hawks (2013-2018) and then with the Bucks (2018-19). Budenholzer, of course, earned his shot as a head coach after 18 seasons working under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. In addition to last year's intriguing No. 3 overall pick Jaren Jackson Jr., the Grizz are in position to nab Ja Morant at No. 2 in this month's NBA Draft. Jenkins will be replacing J.B. Bickerstaff, who was relieved of his duties in April after two seasons with the team.

Perhaps it was Jenkins' protection abilities that ultimately put him over the top for the Grizzlies' brass.