Ken Berger: Joerger immediately becomes a candidate for other openings, especially Houston and Indiana, league sources say.
Adrian Wojnarowski: There's significant momentum on Joerger-to-the-Kings, league sources tell @The Vertical. Sacramento has opportunity to get a deal done.
Marc J. Spears: Grizzlies got tired of Dave Joerger not being committed to franchise & expressing interest in other coaching jobs, source to @TheUndefeated.
Marc J. Spears: Coach Dave Joerger had one guaranteed year and a team option for another season on his Grizzlies contract, a source told @TheUndefeated.
Despite Sacramento’s inherent dysfunction, the Kings’ willingness to give Joerger a significant long-term contract – likely in the $4 million range annually – is a strong allure for a coach who spent 10 years making modest money in basketball’s minor leagues, league sources said.
As trust eroded over the past several months, tensions escalated between Joerger and Grizzlies management. The organization was frustrated with Joerger publicly making disparaging comments about Memphis’ roster and his own role in player personnel, league sources said. Joerger had grown belligerent to many within the organization, an attitude that those close to Joerger described as a response to his own belief that management was setting him up to fail next season, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach Dave Joerger on Saturday morning. Story soon on @TheVertical.
May 6, 2021 | 8:00 pm EDT Update
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley remain OUT Friday vs. the Nuggets. Juwan Morgan is also OUT (right heel soreness). But Udoka Azubuike is PROBABLE after missing most of the season with a right ankle sprain.
May 6, 2021 | 7:13 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Nate Bjorkgren on hanging in there considering internal discourse: “I feel OK. There’s been a lot of ups and downs the last few days. There’s nothing easy about it. Lots of challenges coming at you.” Players have spoken up about sticking together + working to find a rhythm.
Alex Schiffer: Nets starting lineup in Dallas: Irving, Shamet, Durant, Harris and Griffin. That’s Brooklyn’s 35th different starting five of the year, a franchise record. Nets only trail Houston in terms of different lineups.
Brad Townsend: George Bush on the portrait he painted of @Dirk Nowitzki: I knew the portrait would be around for a while, so I purposely made him skinny.” On a more serious note: “I think if people look at the portrait, they’ll see a determined guy.”