For the second straight offseason, the Memphis Grizzlies and their head coach had an ugly ending to their relationship. [category-related]
Last season, it was Lionel Hollins that the team parted ways with. Despite leading the Grizzlies to the best season in franchise history, friction with the front office led to his departure. The Grizzlies responded by hiring assistant Dave Joerger to replace. Joerger did a nice job in year one, but after more problems in the front office, he will likely decide that the Minnesota Timberwolves are a better fit. Timberwolves’ president Flip Saunders is close with Joerger and the team has been courting him throughout the weekend.
According to a report, they have now decided they want to hire Joerger.
The Associated Press has the scoop.
The Timberwolves decided on Joerger as the replacement for Rick Adelman on Saturday night after the Minnesota-born Grizzlies coach met with team leadership, including owner Glen Taylor, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
Joerger, who went 50-32 in his first season as coach of the Grizzlies and helped the team to the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff field, is still under contract for two more years in Memphis. But owner Robert Pera is believed to be considering a coaching change after he recently fired CEO Jason Levien and director of player personnel Stu Lash, and it remained unclear just how much the Timberwolves want to give to the Grizzlies for a coach many presume could be fired any day.
In Joerger’s only season with the Grizzlies, he battled through injuries and still managed to win 50 games.