Last week the Memphis Grizzlies told him “go ahead and talk to another team, see if you can get another job.” This week they have given coach Dave Joerger an extension. Well, maybe this is the first step on the road to some organizational stability.
This has been expected for the last 24 hours or so. Go back 72 hours and it was different, Joerger seemed all but done in Memphis, but by Sunday afternoon Joerger had a long conversation team owner Robert Pera and the two had worked out their differences (Pera reportedly wanted to fire Joerger earlier in the season but hadn’t really ever had a conversation with the coach he hired a year before).
The new deal is reportedly three years with a team option for the fourth.
This is a smart move, even if the Grizzlies got there in a roundabout fashion.
“I am absolutely thrilled to continue as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies for years to come,” Joerger said in a released statement. “I want to thank Robert Pera for believing in me. I look forward to building on the success we experienced this year with our core group of players that I have worked closely with over the past seven years as we work towards our ultimate goal of winning a world championship. I am 100 percent committed to leading the Grizzlies and I could not be more proud to call Memphis home.”
“I am excited to announce that we have reached an agreement to extend Dave Joerger as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies,” Pera said in his statement. “Following an open and honest dialogue with Dave, it became clear that Dave was fully committed to Memphis and we are committed to him. I look forward to seeing Dave build upon the foundation he helped establish over the last seven years, and we are both committed to bringing a championship to Memphis.”
Now all Memphis has to do is find a GM (remember they canned Jason Levien and assistant GM Stu Lash), get said GM to re-sign Zach Randolph plus find a way to add some shooting to the roster, then everything will be fine. All that probably goes a little more smoothly if the owner is less hands on and lets the basketball people make the basketball decisions, but that may not be the reality in Memphis. Still, having the same coach for years is a step toward some stability.