Report: Dave Joerger says no to Wolves, decides to stay in Memphis
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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.
Dave Joeger has decided to stay in Memphis, source tells ESPN— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 25, 2014
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.
Can confirm that Dave Joerger has decided to stay in Memphis, per his agent, Warren LeGarie. This likely isn't over yet though.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 25, 2014
ESPN sources say Wolves and Grizz have hit impasse over compensation, prompting Joerger to tell Memphis he's staying— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 25, 2014
Wolves feel as though they don't want to pay any compensation for a coach they know Grizz don't want to keep. Matter now of who yields— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 25, 2014
Per #Twolves source: Memphis wanted to swap 1st rd spots + asked for a 2nd rd pick, which MN values. They love Joerger, but that too much.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) May 25, 2014
Grizzlies owner Robert Pera reached out to Joerger Saturday night, & in conversations then & today convinced him he wanted to keep him.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) May 25, 2014
Griz say this wasn't matter of compensation, but of owner Robert Pera & Joerger having more dialogue than ever & agreeing to go this route.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 25, 2014
What turned Joerger back to Grizz, sources say: Several long talks between Pera and him w/ fired CEO Jason Levien no longer between them.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 25, 2014
Talks never got moving on compensation once Pera and Joerger started to build a relationship that hadn't been there, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 25, 2014
Grizzlies insisting that the matter is closed from their side and that they consider Dave Joerger their coach going forward— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 25, 2014
Memphis owner Robert Pera later took to Twitter to answer fan questions and gave his response on the Joerger situation:
@RaganSmash YES! And contrary to reports, I never had a conversation with Minnesota..it never got that far— Robert J Pera (@RobertPera) May 25, 2014
@JohnnyNBA I think Dave is a great coach. But, personnel has to want to be in Memphis. I know now Dave 100% wants to be here— Robert J Pera (@RobertPera) May 25, 2014
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.