Dave Joerger is set to become the next head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.
UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 4:07 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal provides an update on Joerger's contract:
Griz have finalized head coaching contract with Dave Joerger, per source. Staff still being assembled although Bob Thornton will be retained— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBlog) June 25, 2013
CBS' Ken Berger says the team is set to introduce their new head coach this week:
New Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger will be introduced in a news conference on Thursday morning, sources say.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 25, 2013
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According to Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN, the Memphis Grizzlies will promote assistant Dave Joerger to the position of head coach.
This comes after Memphis parted ways with former coach Lionel Hollins just weeks removed from the team's first-ever Western Conference Finals appearance.
Rather than siding with the high-profile names, Memphis believes it can improve upon that success by staying within the organization.
About to file to ESPN. Dave Joerger to be named Memphis head coach.— Kevin Arnovitz (@kevinarnovitz) June 25, 2013
This may not be as surprising as we first thought.
Joerger has been with the Grizzlies since 2007, serving as an assistant under Hollins, Marc Iavaroni and Johnny Davis. In that time, the Grizzlies won their first-ever postseason game and series.
Is Dave Joerger the right man for the job?
In his tenure as an NBA assistant, Joerger has been associated with winning.
Joerger won the 2001 International Basketball Association championship and picked up three titles in the Continental Basketball Association (forerunners of the NBA's current Developmental League).
He was a two-time CBA Coach of the Year (2002, 2004) and won the 2007 D-League crown as well.
At 39 years old, Joerger will be one of the younger coaches in the Association.