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Saunders didn’t offer the job to Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger as reported, though they did have discussions. Joerger, a Staples, Minn., native, ended up signing a contract extension with the Grizzlies on May 27. “First of all, the interview process was interesting,” Saunders said. “We talked to a lot of people, a lot of good people. Some college guys, [Michigan State’s] Tom Izzo is a friend of mine, [Iowa State’s] Freddie Hoiberg. When you go through that situation they have things they want to do. To coach at [the NBA] level is difficult because there’s a lot of factors that get involved. So when it came down to it and we started going through everybody, I went to Glen this week and I said, ‘Here’s some options we have.’ Then Glen said, based on where our team is right now, I think you’re the best viable option to coach this team and move forward.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Was Saunders serious about Joerger? “We were serious,” he said. “We never got to a point with anyone — what do people consider? We were going down the road where was he going to be able come, even if he could come? That I don’t know. When you start getting into this there’s a lot of factors that get involved.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 5, 2014 Updates

Was Saunders serious about Joerger? “We were serious,” he said. “We never got to a point with anyone — what do people consider? We were going down the road where was he going to be able come, even if he could come? That I don’t know. When you start getting into this there’s a lot of factors that get involved.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Asked if he would have hired Joerger, who went 50-32 this past season in his first year as an NBA head coach, Saunders said: “A lot of that, we weren’t to that point in the situation. Do I like Dave Joerger? I liked him. I think he is a good coach and has done a good job. I can’t answer that because we never got there. It’s like anything, when you’re going through a situation, until you get to the end and you know everything you have, that’s when you hire a guy. Until that point, and we never got to that point because we never really — their guy [Grizzlies owner Robert Pera] wasn’t going to let him come. There were a lot of guys I liked, do I like him? Yeah, I like him. I like a lot of guys.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger insisted that the franchise’s foundation is as secure as the FedExForum practice court wall he leaned against Thursday afternoon. “The stability going forward is rock solid,” he said. Joerger addressed a throng of local media about recent developments and what’s to come with the franchise. He revealed that he’ll have input on the process of hiring a general manager although Joerger wouldn’t say if he’s submitted a list of candidates. “The plan is not going to be revealed. But the process has begun,” Joerger said, explaining that the next GM has to be the best fit for the organizational structure going forward. Memphis Commercial Appeal

May 27, 2014 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies today announced they have signed head coach Dave Joerger to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I am excited to announce that we have reached an agreement to extend Dave Joerger as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies,” Controlling Owner Robert Pera said. “Following an open and honest dialogue with Dave, it became clear that Dave was fully committed to Memphis and we are committed to him. I look forward to seeing Dave build upon the foundation he helped establish over the last seven years, and we are both committed to bringing a championship to Memphis.” NBA.com

“I am absolutely thrilled to continue as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies for years to come,” Joerger said. “I want to thank Robert Pera for believing in me. I look forward to building on the success we experienced this year with our core group of players that I have worked closely with over the past seven years as we work towards our ultimate goal of winning a world championship. I am 100 percent committed to leading the Grizzlies and I could not be more proud to call Memphis home.” NBA.com

May 26, 2014 Updates

It was the first of several early season clashes between Joerger and Pera. When the Grizzlies opened the season 2-3 -- including double-digit defeats to Dallas and New Orleans -- Pera flew to Memphis and held individual meetings with players, sources say. He began offering bizarre suggestions. He suggested Mike Miller, a longtime Grizzlies player who was re-signed in the offseason, could become a player-coach. He brought up the idea that Joerger could wear an NFL-style headset and take instructions on the sideline. When the Grizzlies faced Golden State in early November, Pera insisted that Joerger give significant minutes to fourth-year power forward Ed Davis. Davis played just one. Again, according to sources, Pera insisted that Joerger had to go. Only after it was explained how dysfunctional the franchise would look if it fired a first year head coach six games into the season did Pera back down. SI.com

Unofficially, there are several theories. Most prominent: The issue of compensation. The Grizzlies made it clear to Minnesota that they were not going to let Joerger go without compensation, according to a source, and the Timberwolves, well aware of the dysfunctional relationship between Joerger and Memphis, never believed the Grizzlies would welcome Joerger back. Another theory is that Joerger, perhaps leery of the rebuilding job a post-Kevin Love Wolves would be, thought two more 50-plus win seasons in Memphis -- well within reach if the team keeps the core intact -- would lead to better opportunities down the road. SI.com

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