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Dave Joerger | Center

Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Age / DOB:  (42) / 1/21/1974

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Coach Dave Joerger said he could rest players against the Warriors on Saturday.
"We’re going to play a back-to-back, you know what I mean?" Joerger said. "You know, Zach [Randolph] is 35, Matt [Barnes] is 35. Vince [Carter] is 39. You try to mix in some guys and try to lighten your load a little bit. We’ll see who we have. I don’t know if we’re going to have all our guys play for us. It’s going to be tough on the second night of a back-to-back. We’ll see." Fantasy owners should expect some or all three aforementioned players to rest. Apr 9 - 4:31 PM

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Dave Joerger said he's not overly concerned about the Sacramento Kings' protest of Thursday's Rockets victory.

The Kings have filed a protest to the league contesting Courtney Lee's buzzer-beating layup, but Joerger doesn't think the protest has much merit. "The system worked at every level," Joerger said. "Monty [McCutchen] and his crew made the correct call.They will uphold the result regardless of what is being talked about in the media, what is being stirred up. It’s not something I really want to deal with or touch. I just think let the league handle it."
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger is excited to be adding the defensive minded Jeff Bzdelik to his staff.

"I value his head coaching experience but everybody brings a different strength," said Joerger. "What he brings is great experience having worked with [Pat] Riley in Miami. He's a detail guy. He's very organized. He's going to fit with the level of toughness that we have and want to keep having here." Joerger will look to Bzdelik to develop the team’s defensive game plans, and he's a great acquisition for the Memphis organization.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 01:07:00 PM

The Grizzlies may not hire a new general manager, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

Earlier this month, ESPN reported that the Grizzlies were going to remove the interim tag from Chris Wallace, so this report falls in line with that one. The Grizzlies also have former ESPN writer John Hollinger in their front office and may give him some added responsibilities.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 09:57:00 AM

The Grizzlies have recently acquired a 2015 second-round pick from the Nuggets.

The pick was first dealt in 2008 involving Javaris Crittenton, and it was then dealt two more times. The Grizzlies could wind up dealing this pick again because they do not have a second-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 03:41:00 PM

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger divulged a bit of his draft strategy to the press on Friday.

"We need some more playmaking. We need some more athleticism. We need some more IQ," said Joerger. It's a bit surprising that 3-point shooting wasn't mentioned by the coach, as Memphis ranked dead last in 3-points made during the 2013-14 season. Former University of Memphis guard Joe Jackson, guard Scottie Wilbekin (6-2, Florida) and big man Clint Capela (6-11, France) were viewed by management as the most intriguing prospects they've worked out so far. GM Chris Wallace had this to say about the draft: "You’re balancing addressing needs with bringing in talent, but NBA drafting has become less need driven... It’s more about upside."
Fri, May 30, 2014 04:48:00 PM

The Grizzlies have picked up their fourth-year option for head coach Dave Joerger, while adding a fifth year as a team option.

Joerger was reportedly convinced by owner Robert Pera to stay in Memphis, rather than leaving to coach the Wolves, and this 'sweetened' contract may have been part of the bargain. His salary is now fully guaranteed through the 2016-17 season, giving him hefty leverage in a league with high turnover for head coaches.
Tue, May 27, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Grizzlies owner Robert Pera considered firing head coach Dave Joerger several times during the season, according Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

The repot dates back to September when Pera challenged Tony Allen to a game of one-on-one, which Joerger didn't like. Pera has already taken to Twitter to deny the report. "What happened to journalistic integrity? No wonder people are calling me crazy. I would too if any of that was true," Pera said. The Grizzlies seem to have mended whatever issues they had with Joerger and he looks like he'll be running the show for his second season as head coach.
Mon, May 26, 2014 01:39:00 PM

Dave Joerger will remain the Grizzlies' head coach after declining an offer from the Timberwolves.

Joerger is under contract for two more seasons in Memphis. The Grizzlies recently fired CEO Jason Levien and assistant GM Stu Lash, a shake-up which seemed to possibly threaten Joerger's position, but it seems that a productive talk with owner Robert Pera has convinced Joerger to stay in Memphis. Another problem may have been the Grizzlies' unwillingness to let him leave without substantial compensation from Minnesota. As for the Wolves, they'll go back to the drawing board with candidates such as Lionel Hollins, George Karl or Sam Mitchell, as well as college coaches Tom Izzo and Billy Donovan.
Sun, May 25, 2014 06:08:00 PM

The Timberwolves have reportedly decided that Dave Joerger is who they want to be Minnesota's next head coach.

"The Timberwolves decided on Joerger as the replacement for Rick Adelman on Saturday night after the Minnesota-born Grizzlies coach met with team leadership, including owner Glen Taylor," two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Now comes the issue of Joerger being under contract with Memphis for another two years, and just how much Minnesota will be willing to give up for a coach that could be fired any day.
Sun, May 25, 2014 12:48:00 PM

Following a meeting with Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on Saturday, Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has moved closer to a deal to become the next head coach of the Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Grizzlies and Timberwolves officials have begun discussing possible compensation for letting Joerger out of his contract, and discussions on a contract between Joerger and the Wolves are ongoing, sources say. Joerger, a Minnesota native, has history with Timberwolves general manager Flip Saunders, who has admired Joerger's rise to the NBA from the minor leagues.
Sun, May 25, 2014 09:28:00 AM

Talks between Dave Joerger and the Minnesota Timberwolves have made "significant progress," according to ESPN sources.

He interviewed with Minnesota on Wednesday and it appears that Joerger becoming the next coach of the Timberwolves is "the way this thing is headed." Yahoo Sports is also reporting that he and T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor will be meeting this weekend. Joerger went 50-32 in his first season in Memphis, but friction between he and the front office is causing the split. Nothing has been finalized as of yet, but it is expected that Joerger will be released from his contract pending some type of compensation.
Thu, May 22, 2014 01:58:00 PM

Dave Joerger is set to interview with the Minnesota Timberwolves to become their next head coach on Wednesday.

The Wolves had been given permission to interview Joerger on Tuesday and have apparently wasted no time. Joerger coached the Grizzlies to the second round of this year's playoffs, but both he and the Grizzlies' ownership don't seem keen on continuing their partnership. Compensation to the Grizzlies could be a hold up here, but the 40-year-old has a good relationship with Wolves' president Flip Saunders and seems almost a lock to be in the market for property in the Minneapolis area in the near future.
Thu, May 22, 2014 12:40:00 PM

The Grizzlies begin looking at potential replacements for head coach Dave Joerger.

Potential candidates include George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, and Alvin Gentry, all of whom have former head coaching experience. The Timberwolves were granted permission to interview Joerger, further putting his status with the Grizzlies in doubt despite going to the postseason in his first year with the team.
Wed, May 21, 2014 04:48:00 PM

The Wolves have been given permission to interview Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger, and they're expected to do so before the end of the week.

Joerger has a good relationship with Wolves president Flip Saunders and he may be looking for a way out of Memphis after the Grizzlies fired multiple executives earlier this week. The Star-Tribune's source was blunt, telling the paper, "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." We should have more updates in the coming days, but all signs point to Joerger transitioning from the Grizzlies to the Wolves in 2014-15.
Wed, May 21, 2014 11:23:00 AM

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