By Lee Eric Smith

By Lee Eric Smith

ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that new Grizzlies Head Coach David Fizdale is aggressively putting together his coaching staff, and is in talks with former Houston Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff and former NBA point guard Nick Van Exel.

Stein also reports that former Cleveland Cavs coach Mike Brown is on Fizdale’s radar, however Golden State is pursuing Brown also, presumably to replace Luke Walton, who will be the Los Angeles Lakers head coach next season.

if the deals are completed, Fizdale is loading his staff with a good mix of youth and experience. Most recently Bickerstaff was an assistant under Kevin McHale in Houston, then promoted to the main chair when the team fired McHale midseason. Van Exel, known for deadly shooting during his 13-year playing career, has been head coach of the NBDL’s Texas Legends.

The team has not released an official statement on Fizdale’s staff yet.