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Report: Suns assistant coach Darko Rajakovic joins Memphis Grizzlies staff

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The Phoenix Suns are losing a third assistant coach from this past season.

Darko Rajakovic will depart the team and join the Memphis Grizzlies staff, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Rajakovic this season was part of a much-improved Suns team. He worked with players including Mikal Bridges, who tweaked his shooting form during the year.

Wojnarowski tweeted that Rajakovic has a strong reputation of developing young players.

Like Phoenix, the Grizzlies have a young, promising core built on the foundation of a guard and a big. Rookie of the Year Ja Morant is on track to be an All-Star sooner than later, and Jaren Jackson Jr. shows the skill to be a modern NBA center.

The Grizzlies, who were in eighth place for most of the season, finished 34-39 and lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the play-in game.

Rajakovic is the third assistant coach the Suns have lost from the 2019-20 staff. Assistants Steve Blake and Larry Greer left the Suns in July.

Former Minnesota Timberwolves player development coach Brian Randle will join the Phoenix staff, the Suns announced Tuesday.


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