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Report: Grizzlies asking for a second round pick to let Dave Joerger out of his contract to coach Timberwolves

May 23, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

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The power struggle in the Grizzlies’ front office is going to affect the product on the court next season, as Dave Joerger — the coach who was promoted to replace a very successful Lionel Hollins due to being more closely aligned with the vision of those in charge — is now apparently on his way out.

Joerger is widely viewed as having done an above average job in his first season, guiding the Grizzlies to 50 wins in the difficult Western Conference before eventually losing to the Thunder in a seven-game playoff series. His services will be in demand next season, but while still under contract in Memphis, his current team wants some compensation for letting him go ahead of schedule.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

After meeting with Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders on Thursday, Memphis coach David Joerger is scheduled for a sit-down talk with owner Glen Taylor that could ultimately clear the way for him to become the Timberwolves coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Grizzlies are likely to ask for a second-round pick in exchange for letting Joerger out of his contract to coach the Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The problem for Memphis, obviously, is that Minnesota (or any other team interested in hiring Joerger) doesn’t have to give them anything. With the split being so public, the Timberwolves can simply wait for Joerger to be fired before signing him to a deal, without any compensation whatsoever exchanging hands.

Now, there are strong relationships that exist, both at the front office and the ownership level that might allow some exchange to take place, if nothing more than to simply keep the peace. And, second round picks aren’t all that valuable, so giving one up for a quality head coach might ultimately make some sense.

But no matter where Joerger ends up or what (if anything) the Grizzlies are able to net for letting him go, the situation in Memphis right now appears to be fairly dire. One successful head coach in Hollins was blown out for clashing with the front office, and now a second one in Joerger appears to be on his way out a year later, all over a power struggle that has nothing to do with on-court results.

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 23, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    I know it’s only a second rounder, but T-Wolves shouldn’t have to trade a 2nd round pick. Memphis should trade Joerger to Minnesota for free, so they don’t have to paid his contract. Win-win for both teams.

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      How come you’re NOT a hateful POS like CantonPeaBrain?

    • cantonb0und13 - May 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Because I’m awesome, unlike the other salty canton.

  2. campcouch - May 23, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Wait,Memphis said that they are letting him go,now that there is interest in him,they want compensation? If they don’t outright fire him and he doesn’t resign,he’s still the coach. Maybe they need to test the Grizzlies’ ownership. Memphis has no leverage. Minny can wait until he’s canned or he can go back to work. This makes no sense at all. And sorry,second round picks do have value if the scouts do their research.

    • money2long - May 23, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      Especially in this draft

    • spursareold - May 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      Minnesota has three second rounders, #40, #44, and #53. I’d offer them #53 to get to the front of the line, and tell them if that’s not good enough, I’ll wait for him to be fired.

    • louderthanwords1 - May 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Maybe I missed it but I never saw any reports about Memphis letting him go. Memphis allowed him to interview for the Timberwolves job but they never said they would let him out of his contract without compensation. Also yes you are right 2nd rd picks do have value but so do coaches. If the Timberwolves feel that Joerger is head and shoulders above their next best candidate then a 2nd rd pick might be better spent getting him.

  3. innovativethinking87 - May 23, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    For god sakes all these articles and nothing in depth about what is going on with this franchise

    • 00maltliquor - May 23, 2014 at 2:35 AM

      My dude!!

      That’s what’s been perplexing me as well! What we gotta do to get a lil’ insight up in this bish!?

  4. jimsjam33 - May 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Hire Lionel Hollins back Grizzlies !

    • twinfan24 - May 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      Hollins deserves better than going back to that mess

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