ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Memphis Grizzlies have hired Darko Rajakovic as an assistant coach.
The Memphis Grizzlies are hiring Phoenix's Darko Rajaković as an assistant coach, sources tell ESPN. Rajakovic replaces Neven Spahija, who recently left the Grizzlies for a coaching job overseas.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 13, 2020
This is the second hire during this offseason for Memphis, which welcomed Sonia Raman from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she spent the past 12 seasons as women's basketball coach.
Rajakovic, 41, spent one season in Phoenix after joining new coach Monty Williams’ staff last summer. He served as an assistant with the Thunder from 2014-19 and coached Oklahoma’s G-League affiliate from 2012-14.
“I’m very excited to join Taylor’s staff and the Grizzlies organization,” Rajakovic said in a statement. “This is a unique opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the growth of a highly competitive and sustainable program in Memphis.”
Rajakovic was also an assistant on the Serbian national team during last year’s FIBA World Cup.
“We are all so excited to be welcoming Darko to the Memphis Grizzlies,” Jenkins said. “He has shown a passion, drive, high basketball IQ, and love for teaching the game of basketball at a high level both internationally and in the NBA. His addition to our great coaching staff will continue to help enhance the development of our players, staff and team for the future.”
The Grizzlies had an amazing season, losing in the 'play-in' game of the Western Conference against the Portland Trail Blazers. Guard, Ja Morant, who was named 'ROTY', proved to be an emerging star averaging 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game this season.