Knicks assistants Jerry Sichting, Corey Gaines, and Dave Bliss are reportedly not serving on new head coach David Fizdale's staff next season, per the Daily News' Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola.
Of the three assistants, Bliss was the longest tenured, having served under former head coach Derek Fisher. Sichting and Gaines both joined Jeff Hornacek back in 2016.
Fizdale is still putting together his staff for next season, with Keith Smart as his lead assistant. It is unknown who he is targeting, but reports show that Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, Royal Ivey and Pat Delaney are among the top candidates. Buechler and Sullivan are having "serious talks" with the Knicks to come on for next season.
Nick Van Exel was reportedly supposed to leave Memphis to follow Fizdale to New York, but he replied to someone on Twitter saying he will stay with the Grizzlies.
Fizdale said recently that he is looking for a "big-time staff" with a collection of coaches who have developed young players in the past. He will also have two top assistants, one focusing on offense while the other will have defense has his priority.
"There's some really good coaches out there and guys I've been around a long time obviously just being in this business and watching them work from afar or people I've worked with. We can put together a big-time staff," Fizdale said recently on WFAN. "And obviously a big part of that is who they are as people from a character standpoint, their ability to develop young people, their ability to be available for these young guys whenever they need them. And at the same time can coach the system and implement the culture the way that I like."
Developing the Knicks' young talent is exactly why Fizdale was brought on in the first place. And Fizdale is looking for assistants to compliment him in 2018.