Grizzlies announce hiring of three assistants

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Elston Turner, Duane Ticknor and Shawn Respert to join the returning Bob Thornton as assistants on new head coach Dave Joerger's staff.

Turner previously worked as an assistant for Portland (1996-2000), Sacramento (2000-06), Houston (2007-11) and Phoenix (2011-13). Ticknor spent last season as head coach of the NBA Development League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Joerger worked as an assistant for Ticknor in 1999-2000 with the International Basketball Association's Dakota Wizards. Respert was director of player development for Houston from 2008-11 and spent the last two years as an assistant with Minnesota.

The Grizzlies also have hired Chattin Hill as athletic performance coach and Mark Sanford as assistant video coordinator/player development. They promoted Jason March to advance scout and Steve Jones to video coordinator/player development.