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Dave Joerger Turns Down Minnesota Timberwolves Job
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Dave Joerger Turns Down Minnesota Timberwolves Job

May 25 2014, 10:39pm CDT | by

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger has turned down the Minnesota Timberwolves' head coaching position, per multiple reports.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger has turned down the Minnesota Timberwolves' head coaching position, per multiple reports.  This was confirmed by The St. Paul Pioneer-Press' Andy Greder on...

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Dave Joerger Turns Down Minnesota Timberwolves Job

May 25 2014, 10:39pm CDT | by

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Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger has turned down the Minnesota Timberwolves' head coaching position, per multiple reports.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger has turned down the Minnesota Timberwolves' head coaching position, per multiple reports. 

This was confirmed by The St. Paul Pioneer-Press' Andy Greder on May 25: 

"The Timberwolves' courtship of Dave Joerger as their next coach halted Sunday. 

"Joeger, the Memphis Grizzlies coach from Staples, Minn., interviewed Thursday with Wolve president of basketball operations Flip Saunders and then Saturday with owner Glen Taylor. 

"'It became apparent to us and to him that he was going to stay in Memphis,' Saunders said Sunday. 

"Saunders said possible compensation from the Wolves to the Grizzlies did not 'get that far.' 

"Grizzlies owner Robert Pera confirmed that Joerger will not be making a Minnesota homecoming and will return to Memphis. 

"'YES!' Pera tweeted in response to a question. 'And contrary to reports, I never had a compensation with Minnesota (about compensation for Joerger). It never got that far.'

"Some initial reports Sunday said Joerger's suspected move was falling through because of a disagreement over compensation. 

"The Wolves sought approval to speak with Joerger well before it was granted Wednesday by the Grizzlies, a source said."

The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda also affirms Joerger is staying in Memphis, as indicated in a text message from the coach's agent, Warren LeGarie. 

"Coaching superagent Warren LeGarie just texted me this message: 'Dave has decided to stay in Memphis.' 

"Dave, of course, is his client, Memphis coach Dave Joerger, who spent two-and-a-half hours interviewing with Wolves owner Glen Taylor Saturday in Minneapolis after he interviewed with Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders on Thursday. 

"So is it real?

"Or is it big-time negotiating plain and simple?

"Two sources close to the situation assure me it is real, that the Grizzlies never intended to let Joerger go without some very real compensation -- swapping the teams' first-round picks (Wolves own No. 13, Grizzlies No. 22, plus perhaps more -- that the Wolves aren't willing to give and that Memphis owner Robert Pera has assured Joerger he wants him to stay. 

"Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders declined comment, as he has about the search since Rick Adelman announced his retirement last month, except to say this: 

"'Dave was going through the interview process. We had good talks but it became very apparent to both parties that Dave was going to remain in Memphis.'

"The X-factor in all this is Pera, whose team ushered out two front-office executives Monday in a couple of sweeping moves and was believed to be in favor of brining in a big-name coach." 

Andrew Krammer and Nate Sendell of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities also weighed in on this latest develoment:  

"After a meeting on Saturday, the Minnesota Timberwolves decided that Dave Joerger was the guy to replace Rick Adelman as head coach

"On Sunday, ESPN reported 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 ahd agreed upon brining in Joerger. 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 with 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 surfaced, it seems Joerger has indeed changed his mind and intends to return to the Grizzlies." 

Former Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman, who is one of just eight coaches to register more than 1,000 all-time victories, resigned on April 21. In a separate update, Greder says Adelman has a year left on his four-year deal with Minnesota and will focus more on his family, particularly, his wife, who has had recent health issues.   

On the other hand, the 40-year-old Joerger guided the Grizzlies to a 50-32 (.610) record in his first season as head coach. Memphis lost in seven games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2013-14 NBA playoffs. 

According to CBS Minnesota, other candidates the Timberwolves are considering are former Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins and former Toronto Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell. 

 
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Dave Joerger Must Continue to Adapt to Current Memphis Grizzlies Team

Jul 31 2014 10:21pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

Dave Joerger came in last season as the Memphis Grizzlies‘ new head coach to replace Lionel Hollins. Hollins had successfully built the Grizzlies into a postseason powerhouse while he was there, as he played to the strengths of the roster he had around him while injecting his intensity into the team on defense. Hollins ...
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Saunders Thought He Was Close To Deal With Izzo

Jun 6 2014 10:41am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

At one point during his search for a new head coach, sources say Flip Saunders thought he had convinced Tom Izzo to take the job with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Izzo has also been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers' job over the years, but he's ultimately always remained at Michigan State. Saunders decided to take the head coaching job himself after being unable to agree to te ...
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Will Flip Saunders Coaching Minnesota Timberwolves Help Keep Kevin Love?

Jun 5 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Flip Saunders must have quite the appetite, because his plate with the Minnesota Timberwolves is overwhelmingly full.  He's just unsure whether he'll have a helping of Kevin Love. After failing to find head coach Rick Adelman's successor, Saunders is taking drastic measures, per the Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski: Minnesota's new head coach confirmed the news himself to ESPN.com's Marc Stein: This isn't Saunders' fir ...
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Saunders confirms he will coach Timberwolves

Jun 5 2014 9:59am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves’ best days came with Flip Saunders on the sideline. Now that the organization is shrouded in uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of star forward Kevin Love, Saunders is returning to the bench to try revive a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in 10 years. With the team’s coaching search complicated by Love’s status, the Timberwolves decided the best course of ...
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Flip Saunders reportedly hires himself to coach Timberwolves

Jun 5 2014 9:57am CDT | Source: SBNation

Saunders will take over the team after failing to lure Dave Joerger among other potential candidates. Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders will take over as the team's next head coach, according to Jon ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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8 weeks ago

Flip Saunders Decides To Become Head Coach Of Wolves

Jun 5 2014 9:47am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Flip Saunders is finally considering coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves himself for the 14-15 NBA season. Saunders has been searching for a replacement for Rick Adelman throughout the offseason. Dave Joerger appeared to be close to the job, but ultimately signed an extension with the Memphis Grizzlies. Saunders is expected to pursue Chauncey Billups as an assistant coach if he takes the job. Jon Krawczynski of the AP confirms that Saunders will ...
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