The NBA's annual coaching carousel continues to spin as the Memphis Grizzlies release head coach Dave Joeger. As Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports, ongoing divisions between the front office and coach came to a swift conclusion this morning:
For the second time in three years, Joerger and his agent had sought Memphis' permission to speak to other teams about head-coaching openings, league sources told The Vertical.
As it became clearer that Joerger wanted a more lucrative contract and a fresh start elsewhere, Grizzlies management cut ties with him.
Wojnarowski provides details of the points of conflict:
Joerger had grown belligerent to many within the organization, an attitude that those close to Joerger described as a response to his own belief that management was setting him up to fail next season, sources said.
The relationship had become toxic, and recent weeks found both sides searching for a way out of the arrangement, league sources said. Memphis management valued Joerger's ability as a coach, but wanted to set a course with a coach who shares a long-term vision with the organization, sources said.
Joerger coached the Grizzlies to a 147-99 record over three full seasons, appearing in the playoffs after each one. Memphis posted a 9-13 playoff record under Joerger.