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Reports: Dave Joerger declines Timberwolves offer, decides to remain Grizzlies head coach

May 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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In what has been an ongoing saga regarding Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger, it appears that after several steps in a process that seemed to be inching him toward taking a job with the Timberwolves, he will remain the Grizzlies head coach — at least for now.

This all began six days ago, when a shakeup in the Grizzlies front office led to reports of Joerger’s job being jeopardy. He was promoted to head coach after Lionel Hollins was let go the previous season for differences he had with management, but with that management changing once again, it was believed that Joerger would eventually be replaced.

The Timberwolves received permission to interview Joerger for their vacant head coaching position, and after a final meeting with ownership in Minnesota on Saturday, the team decided that Joerger was its man.

Nothing could be finalized, however, because Joerger remained under contract with the Grizzlies. Minnesota and Memphis would need to agree to some compensation for Joerger to be let out of his current deal, but that apparently is where things have hit a snag, prompting Joerger to declare that he’s staying in Memphis.

And so, here we are.

The Grizzlies still have Joerger in place on a guaranteed deal for two more years at $2 million each, and the Timberwolves know that the desire in Memphis is to cut him loose. That means Minnesota is in a position to sit back and wait for Joerger to become available without offering anything at all in terms of compensation — not even a future second round draft pick, which seems to be a small price to pay.

It’s a game of chicken now, which could very well still land Joerger in Minnesota before this is through. If ownership indeed reached out to Joerger to tell him his job is safe, then it’s understandable that he’d want to stay. But it still seems as though it may take a bit longer for all of this to work itself out.

  1. mrmcl - May 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Now that they’ve been turned down by Dave Joerger it’s official — T-Wolves are the most pathetic franchise in pro sports. Here’s to another decade of non-playoff basketball!

    • jollyjoker2 - May 25, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      they got permission and the griz wanted too much. not sure what your reading.

    • tigerpork - May 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      No. The Detroit lions, Cleveland browns, KC royals have sucked for a long long time.

  2. garypagetwo - May 25, 2014 at 7:14 PM


  3. monkeyhateclean - May 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Funny how NO one is willing to throw their coaching resume under the bus for a team whose only good player is trying to jump ship.

    These small, cold NBA cities need to get contracted STAT! Wolves, Bucks, Cavs, Blazers…All flyover cities where no one wants to live, much less young, multimillionaire basketball players. They will always be the farm system for teams in cities that good players actually want to play/live.

    • monkeyhateclean - May 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Only cowards anonymously downvote. If any of you really doubted me, you’d have commented, and exposed your feeble arguments to my undeniable logic.

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 25, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        The Blazers have 2 All-Stars, made the 2nd round of the playoffs, consistently have near/sellouts, and the richest owner in the league. Yeah, the perfect candidate for contraction.


      • ultichiva - May 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        I agree with You…MONKEYHATECLEAN

      • blueintown - May 25, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Portland isn’t a flyover city. REFUTE THAT, GENIUS. Also, I’m down voting you.

  4. alpo3744 - May 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    If that’s the case the league would only be four teams

    • monkeyhateclean - May 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Your wrong, but not for the reasons you think.

      Its true that in the last 30 years, the NBA has grown into the 2nd most popular sports league in the US, and even in the cold, small markets where the best players don’t typically want to stay, those teams still get enough revenue via the gate and TV ratings money to be marginally profitable.

      Where you are wrong is considering those cities of being able to acquire enough the best of the best, talent-wise, in the narrow window that rookie contracts allow.

      Here are the last 10 NBA finals:


      San Antonio isn’t big, but its warm (and speaking as a non-resident, one of the more attractive cities in the country) and has had a legacy of success since drafting Tim Duncan.

      The Cavs made it ONCE because they had Lebron, who tried the loyalty route, but saw its futility and went elsewhere.

      Boston is as cold as Milwaukee, but has a legacy of success, besides simply not being Milwaukee.

      OKC is small, but not really cold, and had the remarkable luck of landing the exception that proves the rule, Kevin Durant could have had his pick of teams that would line up to trade for him, but he chose to remain faithful to the team (if not the city) that drafted him.

      • tuberippin - May 26, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        So where’s your logic for the mid-00s Pistons teams then? Detroit is right there geographically with Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Minnesota (don’t know why you threw Portland in there though, that was dumb) and is a mid-market club that superstars have little desire to sign a long-term contract with (I don’t count Josh Smith, Charlie Villanueva, Ben Gordon, or Brandon Jennings as superstars, do you?)…

        …yet they were one of the most successful franchises for the entire past decade by creating a team with a great and hard-working nucleus focused on defense. To highlight it more directly, the 2004 and 2005 Pistons teams are a blueprint for how mid- and small-market clubs should build their teams, and present a strong counterargument to your “undeniable logic” that such teams should be contracted due to their location or desirability for mega-stars.

      • dacapt704 - May 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the US in terms of population…yeah, that’s a small market all right..

      • sportsfan18 - May 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM


        you do realize that money comes from TV in sports now right? the REAL money, the billions for TV network deals…

        it’s the size of the TV market that is important.

        The 15 smallest NBA cities – Listed by television market, out of 210 total areas (Number of Television Homes):

        1. Memphis, Tennessee (658,250)
        2. New Orleans, Louisiana (675,760)
        3. San Antonio, Texas (748,950)
        4. Salt Lake City, Utah (800,000)
        5. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (886,770)
        6. Charlotte, North Carolina (1,004,440)
        7. Indianapolis, Indiana (1,053,020)
        8. Portland, Oregon (1,086,900)
        9. Orlando, Florida (1,303,150)
        10. Sacramento, California (1,315,030)
        11. Denver, Colorado (1,401,760)
        12. Miami, Florida (1,496,810)
        13. Cleveland, Ohio (1,556,670)
        14. Phoenix, Arizona (1,596,950)
        15. Minneapolis, Minnesota (1,665,540)

        San Antonio is the 3rd SMALLEST NBA TV market… tiny, tiny, tiny

        The Minneapolis – St Paul MN TV market is BIGGER than the Miami TV market…

  5. alpo3744 - May 25, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I think this is a way of calling the Grizzlies bluff. Joerger stays, gets fired, wolves keep their second rounder and get the coach in the end.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 25, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      I agree – this owner is a pin head. He said , sure – we don’t have any interest in this guy. Hire away..then turns around and turns in to an ahole ..thinking he has cards to play. He doesnt’.

  6. bellerophon30 - May 25, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Pera said this was the first time he’d spoken one on one to Joerger… all. Yikes. That tells you a lot right there. I bet Joerger only stuck around because Minny low balled him.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 25, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      I think he stuck around as he played off the other owner or the owner wanted more than the wolves were willing to give up for this wannabe who has 1 season under his belt.

  7. jazz11001 - May 26, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    This is easy. Trade Rubio for Westbrook who is Loves UCLA buddy. Sign Ben Gordon for the 2. Hire George Karl and we are golden.
    3. Brewer
    4. love
    5. Deing

    • sportsfan18 - May 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Rubio for Westbrook?

      Come back when you know something about basketball…

      Many will put Westbrook in the top 10 players in the league and if not top 10 then in the top 15 for sure.

      Westbrook PER’s by season for the last 4 yrs

      13/14 24.7
      12/13 23.9
      11/12 22.9
      10/11 23.6

      Westbrook isn’t perfect, but he is a very good player. PER’s that high for that many years in a row do not happen all that often in the league (sure, KD, LBJ, Chris Paul and a very few others…).

      Rubio isn’t close yet to the level of play that Westbrook provides.

  8. misterdreamer119 - May 26, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Not even Rubios mother would trade Westbrook for Ricky. Come on.

  9. jollyjoker2 - May 26, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    when you think about it — this coach is somewhat of a a hole for saying hes available when he is not.

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