The Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach Dave Joerger on Saturday, the team announced.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news. A source later confirmed to SI.com.
“After careful consideration, I concluded that a change was needed to foster the strong culture required to achieve sutainable, long-term success for this oganization, the city and our fans,” general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “On behalf of the Grizzlies organization I would like to thank Dave for his work and time in Memphis.”
Even after leading the Grizzlies to the playoffs amid a historically injury-riddled season, Joerger and the team parted ways. He reportedly sought the team’s permission to engage with other teams about coaching vacancies for the second time in the past three seasons, spurring his exit.
Joerger was linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves last off-season, from which ESPN’s Zach Lowe reports there were lasting tensions between coach and front office. Wojnarowski and Lowe report Joerger is a candidate for the Sacramento Kings’ vacancy.
Joerger went 147–99 in three seasons as head coach, and 9–13 in the postseason. He had been an assistant with the franchise dating back to 2007-08.
The Grizzlies will reportedly look hard at former Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.