Dave Joerger returns to Memphis after talks with Timberwolves stall

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Dave Joerger appeared on his way to joining the Timberwolves, but will instead return to Memphis.

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In a surprise move, Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger will return to Memphis next season following discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Joerger was reportedly close to accepting a deal with Minnesota on Saturday, but the Timberwolves and Grizzlies were unable to agree on compensation and Joerger instead declined the Timberwolves' offer, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Minnesota and Memphis hit an "impasse" in compensation talks and with Joerger unable to get out of his contract, he opted to return to the Grizzlies. Memphis owner Robert Pera also played a role in Joerger's return. The two reportedly talked on Saturday night and Pera convinced Joerger he wanted him to remain the Grizzlies head coach, according to Aldridge.

Joerger's decision to remain in Memphis ends a lengthy courtship with the Timberwolves. The Minnesota native met with the Timberwolves after Memphis was eliminated from the playoffs. Many expected him to take the job, especially with rumors the Grizzlies were considering firing him. There were even rumors the Grizzlies planned to target Jeff Van Gundy to replace Joerger once he left.

Now, after Pera and Joerger apparently worked things out, Joerger will return for a second season as head coach. He led the Grizzlies to a 50-32 record during the regular season. The Grizzlies were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, losing to the Thunder in seven games.

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