HoopsHype Dave Joerger rumors

May 21, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Should be noted, of course, that Wolves might have to manufacture compensation to get Joerger away from MEM while he remains under contract. As a refresher: NBA teams can only offer cash or future draft picks for coaches under contract. CAN'T offer players in "trade" for coaches Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

May 20, 2014 Updates

The buzzer sounded Monday on Jason Levien’s run as Grizzlies’ CEO after two seasons. Levien, along with director of player personnel Stu Lash, was fired as part of the Grizzlies’ unexpected front-office shake-up. Griz majority owner Robert Pera announced the departures in a statement released by the team. The abrupt divorce was the result of an apparently deteriorating relationship between Pera and Levien over the past year, even as the Grizzlies returned to the playoffs with a 50-win campaign. General manager Chris Wallace, who had been essentially sidelined during Levien’s reign, will return to the helm of the franchise’s basketball operations on an interim basis. Dave Joerger remains as head coach. “This has nothing to do with Joerger,” Wallace said. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Previously, Levien had been involved in interactions between Pera and any individual seeking to converse with the Griz owner. But Pera increasingly made maneuvers around the team — such as attending games, and meeting with players and coaches — without Levien by his side. Pera eventually made it known to front office personnel last weekend that changes were on the horizon. “I’m here to help with the process,” Wallace said. “I have tremendous loyalty and feelings for this organization and city. There’s an unfilled promise that I made in 2007 to hold a parade down Beale Street. It’s a total organizational and community effort, and I’m just here to do my part. We’re close and we’ve got to wrap it up and put a bow around it and finish it.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Well you mention that, and that certainly makes me think back on the dynamics in place when you were hired. Do you feel like you're making your own way and getting out from Lionel's shadow at this point, or does that cross your mind? Dave Joerger: Um, it's not something that I spent a lot of time thinking about, to be honest with you. It has rolled off me because I wasn't involved in it. You know what I'm saying? I happened to be the guy standing here who gets the job, yes. But that's a third- or fourth-party thing. So I've got a job to do that I absolutely love and guys who I love to go coach every day, so I'm not trying to pass off the question. But really, I have so much stuff to think about that that's not something I haven't given a whole lot of time to think about, to be honest with you. USA Today Sports

February 23, 2014 Updates

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger compared Calathes with Greivis Vasquez, who began his NBA career with Memphis and is now playing point guard for the Toronto Raptors. “They can throw some risky passes and their bravado is what makes them good,” Joerger said. “But given that, Nick had the opportunity to play through some mistakes and gain some confidence. Then he had the opportunity to get some minutes and his confidence has remained high, and now that he's coming off the bench I don't want him to play conservative. That's not who he is.” The Gainesville Sun

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