The Memphis Grizzlies announced that the team has granted the Minnesota Timberwolves permission to talk to Dave Joerger about their open coaching position according to the Minnesota StarTribune.
While no sources for the information but with all the turmoil coming out of the Grizzlies Front Office these days it wouldn’t be surprising that this story is true.
Dave Joerger replaced popular head coach Lionel Hollins last summer and led the team to a 50-32 record, the 3rd time in franchise history that the team achieved 50 wins in the regular season. Joerger won more games than any other rookie head coach this season despite losing over 140 player games to injury including 23 games by Marc Gasol, the team’s defensive anchor.
Based solely on this information it is difficult to understand why the Grizzlies would grant Minnesota permission. Former President of Basketball Operations Jason Levien, hired Joerger however and with his dismissal it has been rumored that Joerger could be dismissed as well. Stu Lash, a close confidant of Levien’s, was also dismissed on Monday. John Hollinger is still with the team and is the last holdout from Levien’s group of decision makers.
There have been rumors swirling that Controlling Partner Robert Pera is interested in acquiring John Calipari or Tom Thibodeau to either run the team from the bench or in the front office.
In other news, the minority partners issued a statement yesterday expressing support for Robert Pera’s leadership and wishing Jason Levien success wherever his career takes him.
So the merry go round of conflict continues in Memphis in what was supposed to be a rather quiet summer in comparison to last season.