Grizzlies exercise 2016-17 option on coach Dave Joerger

Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Dave Joerger led the Grizzlies to a 50-32 record in his first season. (Joe Murphy/National Basketball/Getty Images) Dave Joerger decided to remain in Memphis after interviewing with the Timberwolves. (Joe Murphy/National Basketball/Getty Images)

The Memphis Grizzlies have exercised their team option for 2016-17 on coach Dave Joerger's contract and added another team option for 2017-18 at an increased salary, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Team owner Robert Pera reportedly considered firing Joerger after this season, even though he led the team to a 50-32 record and a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City. Joerger recently met with Minnesota about its coaching vacancy, but he reportedly informed the Timberwolves that he would remain in Memphis.

The team's renewed commitment to Joerger comes after a period of upheaval within the Memphis organization that saw the team jettison CEO Jason Levien and assistant general manager Stu Lash.

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