HoopsHype Dave Joerger rumors

May 22, 2014 Updates

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

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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