Sources: Lakers finalizing deal to hire Fizdale

The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a deal to hire former New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale as an assistant, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

Fizdale, who had helped coach LeBron James as a longtime assistant under Erik Spoelstra with the Miami Heat, had been pursued for several lead assistant openings this offseason and will now join Frank Vogel’s staff with the Lakers.

In his two stints as a head coach, Fizdale lasted less than two seasons both times. He was fired by New York just 22 games into the 2019-20 season and was 21-83 overall as Knicks coach. With Memphis, he went 50-51 overall — taking the Grizzlies to the playoffs in his first season before he was fired after a 7-12 start in the 2017-18 season.

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