Report: Grizzlies asking for a second round pick to let Dave Joerger out of his contract to coach Timberwolves

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The power struggle in the Grizzlies’ front office is going to affect the product on the court next season, as Dave Joerger — the coach who was promoted to replace a very successful Lionel Hollins due to being more closely aligned with the vision of those in charge — is now apparently on his way out.

Joerger is widely viewed as having done an above average job in his first season, guiding the Grizzlies to 50 wins in the difficult Western Conference before eventually losing to the Thunder in a seven-game playoff series. His services will be in demand next season, but while still under contract in Memphis, his current team wants some compensation for letting him go ahead of schedule.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

After meeting with Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders on Thursday, Memphis coach David Joerger is scheduled for a sit-down talk with owner Glen Taylor that could ultimately clear the way for him to become the Timberwolves coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Grizzlies are likely to ask for a second-round pick in exchange for letting Joerger out of his contract to coach the Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The problem for Memphis, obviously, is that Minnesota (or any other team interested in hiring Joerger) doesn’t have to give them anything. With the split being so public, the Timberwolves can simply wait for Joerger to be fired before signing him to a deal, without any compensation whatsoever exchanging hands.

Now, there are strong relationships that exist, both at the front office and the ownership level that might allow some exchange to take place, if nothing more than to simply keep the peace. And, second round picks aren’t all that valuable, so giving one up for a quality head coach might ultimately make some sense.

But no matter where Joerger ends up or what (if anything) the Grizzlies are able to net for letting him go, the situation in Memphis right now appears to be fairly dire. One successful head coach in Hollins was blown out for clashing with the front office, and now a second one in Joerger appears to be on his way out a year later, all over a power struggle that has nothing to do with on-court results.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.