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Updated: May 25th, 2014 5:08pm
Report: Dave Joerger says no to Wolves, decides to stay in Memphis

Report: Dave Joerger says no to Wolves, decides to stay in Memphis

by Andrew Krammer and Nate Sandell
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After a meeting on Saturday, the Minnesota Timberwolves decided that Dave Joerger was the guy to replace Rick Adelman as head coach. 

On Sunday, reports surfaced that Joerger will stay in Memphis. 

This is an abrupt and unexpected twist in a saga that appeared to be nearing a conclusion that would result in Joerger becoming the Wolves' next coach.

The Wolves had requested and were granted permission to interview Joerger, who has two years left on his deal with Memphis. Following interviews last week and a final meeting on Saturday, the Associated Press reported late Saturday night that Wolves management had agreed upon bringing in Joerger as coach. However, they still needed to work out a contract and agree on any possible compensation with the Grizzlies.

That is where the snag occurred.

Given the recent upheaval within Memphis' front office, the news of Joerger opting to stay with the Grizzlies led some to speculate it was a power move to force Memphis' hand, with the Wolves trying to come to an agreement on what to give up in return. The thought was, despite the back and forth, Joerger could still end up with Minnesota.

However, as more information has come out, it seems Joerger has indeed changed his mind and intends to return to the Grizzlies.

Memphis owner Robert Pera later took to Twitter to answer fan questions and gave his response on the Joerger situation:

For now, the Timberwolves must once again continue their search for a coach.

The Wolves remain as one of five NBA teams without a head coach, including the L.A. Lakers, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz. 

Nate Sandell is a contributor to
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Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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