Report: Timberwolves, Dave Joerger close to deal

Report: Timberwolves, Dave Joerger close to deal

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Joerger went 50-32 in his first season as a head coach.
Joerger went 50-32 in his first season as a head coach. (USATSI)

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Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger met with Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on Saturday and the two sides are moving closer to a deal, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Grizzlies and Timberwolves officials have begun discussions on possible compensation for letting Joerger out of his contract, sources said.

Discussions on a contract between Joerger and the Wolves are ongoing too, and a deal could be reached early in the week, sources said.

After the meeting, Minnesota was sold on Joerger:

Memphis reportedly wants a second-round pick in exchange for letting Joerger walk. The Wolves have three such picks in this year's draft. It sure sounds like this transaction is on the verge of happening.

If Joerger does go to Minnesota, it might seem like it'd be a step down in terms of talent, especially if Kevin Love's days there are numbered. It's not hard to see why this would appeal, though. The Grizzlies are in organizational turmoil and Joerger has a long relationship with Wolves president Flip Saunders. There's no telling what direction Memphis is going, but for Joerger, this move would be a smart long-term play.

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