Update, May 22, 9:52 p.m. ET by NBA" target="_blank">Josh Martin:
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger met with T-Wolves president Flip Saunders on Thursday and is scheduled to do the same with team owner Glen Taylor over the weekend. Should they settle on Joerger, a Minnesota native, as the organization's next head coach, the T-Wolves would likely have to send Memphis a second-round pick as compensation for letting Joerger out of his contract.
Sometime soon, the Memphis Grizzlies should consider taking a break from their immoderately vicious front-office politics.
The Wolves' coaching search has a late entry, and probably a frontrunner at that:
The Wolves have been given permission to talk to Memphis coach Dave Joerger and will probably do so by the end of the week, according to a league source.
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Bottom line, according to the source: Joerger wants out and Grizzlies ownership wants him out, but Joerger doesn't want to leave the rest of his multi-year contract on the table and the team doesn't want to pay him off.
Part of me wishes we could say this grade of intraoffice insanity was atypical of the Grizzlies. But we can't. Because it's not.
Less than a week ago, owner Robert Pera showed the door to two high-ranking Grizzlies officials:
Grizzlies announce that both Jason Levien and Stu Lash are out. Chris Wallace to be interim head of basketball operations.— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 19, 2014
Immediately after, ESPN.com's Marc Stein indicated the team wasn't done purging front-office ranks:
Future of MEM coach Dave Joerger & executive VP John Hollinger uncertain after clash between Grizz owner Robert Pera and current management— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 19, 2014
Yet, because getting a straight answer and a clear direction out of the Grizzlies is like digging for gold on an airplane, The Commercial Appeal's Geoff Calkins offered up something different entirely:
Been busy writing a column. But five things I know: 1. Joerger hasn't yet met with Pera, but has been told he will be head coach (more).— Geoff Calkins (@geoff_calkins) May 20, 2014
So much for Joerger being safe. Or even wanting to be in Memphis.
Joerger took over for Lionel Hollins, whose contract wasn't renewed last summer...after he guided the Grizzlies to a Western Conference Finals appearance. Now, Joerger appears to be on his way out after leading them to 50 victories in a wildly competitive Western Conference.
Makes sense, right?
At least Joerger won't have to wait for another job long if the Minnesota Timberwolves are that interested. He just has to withstand the financial hit that comes with leaving a multiyear deal on the table, which he should absolutely do.
Business as usual in Memphis seems just awful. No one appears to be safe, no matter how well they fare. Reports of discord have been far too common over the last year or so, and one has to wonder what the Grizzlies' endgame is here.
Grantland's Bill Simmons says it's Tom Thibodeau:
Hearing that, if the Grizz totally clean house, the Memphis owner will look to trade for Tom Thibodeau + give him an SVG/Pistons-type deal.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 19, 2014
What say you?
It doesn't matter. The Grizzlies don't care. They're going to do whatever they see fit.
After firing CEO Jason Levien and assistant general manager Stu Lash, Pera said the following in a statement, via USA Today's Sam Amick:
Rest assured that we remain as committed as ever to bringing a championship to this great city and we are confident that when the new season begins our fans will be excited about both our roster and the direction of our organization.
Rest assured, they also remain committed to raising off-court hell and apparently ensuring their internal dysfunction becomes Minnesota's gain.