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.