After meeting with Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders on Thursday, Memphis coach David Joerger is scheduled for a sit-down talk with owner Glen Taylor that could ultimately clear the way for him to become the Timberwolves coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Grizzlies are likely to ask for a second-round pick in exchange for letting Joerger out of his contract to coach the Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
After a Grizzlies front-office purge, owner Robert Pera gave Minnesota permission to discuss its coaching vacancy with Joerger. He has history with Saunders, who has been a long-time admirer of Joerger's climb through the minor leagues to the NBA.
So far, Memphis has shown a reluctance to allow other teams to discuss their openings with Joerger, league sources said.
Taylor needs to get a better feel for Joerger before the T'wolves sign off on hiring him, league sources said. Taylor has been an advocate of former Toronto coach Sam Mitchell, who had a long career with the Timberwolves as a player. Mitchell has already interviewed for the job.
Joerger was 50-32 in his first season as head coach, losing in seven games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.