The Memphis Grizzlies have fired coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up in which general manager Chris Wallace was demoted to a scout.

The Grizzlies announced the moves Thursday after both Bickerstaff and Wallace spoke to reporters following a second straight season outside the playoffs. After a 12-5 start, Memphis plummeted and finished 33-49, tied with New Orleans and Dallas.

Wallace had said earlier that Bickerstaff would be returning after doing a “terrific job.” But owner Robert Pera didn’t agree and restructured the front office a few hours later.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, right, talks with forward Justin Holiday (7) and guard Delon Wright (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, right, talks with forward Justin Holiday (7) and guard Delon Wright (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Bickerstaff was named interim coach in November 2017 after the Grizzlies fired David Fizdale . He was given the job without the interim title last May. Now Memphis is looking for a fourth head coach since it chose to not renew Lionel Hollins’ contract after he led the Grizzlies to their lone Western Conference final appearance in 2013.

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