Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins may be on 'hot-seat' ahead of 2024-25: Report

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Already this summer, the Memphis Grizzlies have seen significant shakeups take place, particularly in the coaching department.

Last week, it was reported by Kelly Iko of The Athletic that the organization had let got of "several assistant coaches." Despite this instability, however, the lone name that's seemingly safe on the sidelines is headman Taylor Jenkins, who is gearing up for his fifth season manning the clipboard.

However, the 2024-25 campaign may be coming with a ton of pressure on the 39-year-old's shoulders to perform, as Iko's cohort and former Grizzlies Vice President of Basketball Operations, John Hollinger, recently reported that sources have informed him he may be inching ever so close to the ever feared "hot-seat."

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins could be on the 'hot-seat' in 2024-25

"Jenkins comes off a 27-win season that was plagued by myriad injuries. He’s mostly had success in Memphis, including finishing second in the 2022 Coach of the Year vote, but the Grizzlies have hit some turbulence since then. More notably, Memphis also fired the majority of his assistant coaches just before the combine; that’s always a tell the head coach isn’t a great spot."

John Hollinger

Without question, 2023-24 proved to be one of the worst seasons in recent memory for the Grizzlies, as they recorded the seventh-worst record in the entire association at 27-55 and missed out on the playoffs for the first time in four years.

That said, as alluded to by Hollinger, injures proved to play the biggest role in the club's misfortunes on the year, leaving Jenkins to work with a collection of talent that more resembled a M.A.S.H unit than a legitimate NBA roster.

In the two seasons prior, the headman led the Grizzlies to a total of 107 regular season wins, consecutive Southwest Division titles, and, in 2021-22, their first semifinal appearance in nearly a decade.

Throughout his tenure, Jenkins has proven to be not only one of the league's premier coaches but one of the best the franchise has ever seen as he finds himself ranked second in total wins with the organization (206), trailing only Lionel Hollins' 214 in the race for the top spot.

Despite all this, however, Hollinger's sources are still of the mindset that the seasoned coach should be considered one of three others across the league (Portland's Chauncey Billups and NOLA's Willie Green) teetering on "hot-seat" levels heading into next year.