HoopsHype Dave Joerger rumors


May 22, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that although compensation details with the Grizzlies have to be worked out, Minnesota's fast-moving bid to make Joerger its next coach is gathering momentum. The Wolves are restricted to offering draft picks and/or cash to Memphis to free Joerger from his contract with the Grizzlies. But one source said Thursday that Joerger landing in his home state with the Wolves is "the way this thing is headed." ESPN.com

Sources say Pera contemplated firing Joerger early in his first season but was ultimately talked out of it, after which Memphis rallied from a slow start and Marc Gasol's knee injury to win 50 games and finish seventh in the hypercompetitive West. ESPN.com

The latest bit of clownishness involves Dave Joerger, the highly successful head coach who replaced the last highly successful head coach, and has been given permission to interview for the Minnesota Timberwolves head coaching job. Yes, the same Joerger who was dispatched to radio stations Tuesday to tell people that nothing was changing, he was certainly the head coach going forward, this tumult didn’t involve him. Now Joerger is off on a plane to Minneapolis. Because why have just a little chaos when total chaos is available? Memphis Commercial Appeal

A day after going on a radio show to say that of course Joerger was sticking around, Wallace went back on the radio — this time with Chris Vernon — to try and explain these latest developments. “The Timberwolves are the only team that are in Dave’s home state,” said Wallace. Yes, but the Timberwolves were also in Joerger’s home state a week ago, when the Grizzlies denied the team permission to talk to their coach. “It’s not that unusual,” said Wallace. “It’s the same thing with all teams this time of year.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

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

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