HoopsHype Robert Pera rumors

June 30, 2014 Updates

Ronald Tillery: Ed Davis says owner Robert Pera called him 2 days ago to inform him of UFA status. Davis understands decision; says confidence still high. Davis: "I respect Pera 100 percent. He called me and I didn't have to read about it on the internet." Twitter @CAGrizBeat

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Gasol acknowledged that he regularly talks to Pera, who has also empowered Joerger to be more involved in team’s decision making. The Griz owner also has a few players on speed dial. Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 5, 2014 Updates

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

May 29, 2014 Updates

Then, Tuesday night, I did it again. All those people had traipsed off to Central BBQ to hear me speak. And somehow, in the whirl of the day, I had completely forgotten the whole thing. It’s a speaker’s worst nightmare. I had trouble falling asleep Tuesday night. But Wednesday morning, I got a note from a Facebook friend who told me someone had stepped out of the crowd at Central BBQ to take my place. Who? Chris Wallace. Yes, that Chris Wallace, the man who is even now trying to salvage the offseason for the Grizzlies. He came bounding off the bench to save Robert Pera and now he had come bounding off the bench to save me. The man isn’t just a general manager. He’s a super hero. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Let’s be honest, it’s astonishing that Wallace was even at the Touchdown Club meeting Tuesday. How in the world does he have time for that? But one of the admirable things about Wallace is the way he has become a part of the community, not just symbolically, not just by joining boards, but by actually joining in. So it’s not really an accident that Wallace was at the meeting. It’s a reflection of who he is. “I rarely miss a Touchdown Club meeting,” he told me Wednesday, when I called to thank him. “It’s not just the speakers, though I love the speakers. It’s seeing the same group of guys.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

Naturally, Wallace agreed to tell some stories. The same way he agreed to fill in for former Griz CEO Jason Levien last week. Indeed, for all the criticism that Robert Pera has taken over what has unfolded around the Grizzlies of late, one of the happy developments is that Wallace is back in the organization, and apparently will be going forward. Memphis Commercial Appeal

It was a mistake for Levien to exile him in the first place, honestly. Wallace is as loyal as they come. But when Levien did exile him, Wallace didn’t blast the organization and tell all sorts of tales about Levien’s incompetence. Note the difference between that and the fallout from Levien’s eventual exit. No question, Wallace was in a different situation because he was still technically under contract to the Grizzlies. But if you have been reading the reports on the Memphis NBA franchise this past week, you know that it’s not hard to trash a guy anonymously. 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

The genesis of the Joerger-Pera problems, according to league sources, dates back to last September. Pera -- who fancies himself a pretty good player -- challenged Tony Allen to a game of one-on-one. Allen, on Twitter, accepted. Pera, a Silicon Valley billionaire who bought a small controlling interest in the Grizzlies in 2012, poured tens of thousands of dollars into producing the matchup. He invited the media and instructed the public relations staff to issue a press release promoting the event. SI.com

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

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