HoopsHype Dave Joerger rumors

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

May 25, 2014 Updates

Coaching superagent Warren LeGarie just texted me this message: "Dave has decided to stay in Memphis." Dave, of course, is his client, Memphis coach Dave Joerger, who spent 2 1/2 hours interviewing with Wolves owner Glen Taylor Saturday in Minneapolis after he interviewed with Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders on Thursday. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Hollins returning to Memphis, if Joerger gets fired along with his bosses, appears extremely unlikely. One person with knowledge of the Grizzlies' situation definitively said that Hollins would not be returning, but the post-Levien/Lash landscape is complicated enough internally that it can't be completely ruled out just yet. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. USA Today Sports

One of the prime options under consideration by the Memphis Grizzlies in the wake of last week's management shakeup and the looming departure of Dave Joerger to the Minnesota Timberwolves is making a run at Jeff Van Gundy to be their coach and run their front office, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Grizzlies have serious interest in trying to convince Van Gundy to serve as coach and team president in a job structure modeled after the new dual role brother Stan Van Gundy has secured with the Detroit Pistons. ESPN.com

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor interviewed Dave Joerger for 2½ hours on Saturday, the next step toward the Memphis Grizzlies coach and Minnesota native becoming the team’s 11th head coach. Taylor smiled when later asked about a meeting that brought two small-town Minnesotans from separate generations together. “Real good,” Taylor said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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