Fantasy Football 2014:

Grizzlies name Joerger as coach

The SportsXchange

The Memphis Grizzlies are officially staying in house to fill their coaching vacancy, as they promoted assistant coach Dave Joerger Tuesday to take over for departed Lionel Hollins.

Other candidates who reportedly were on the Grizzlies' radar included Chicago Bulls assistant coach Ed Pinckney, former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry, and Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, who reportedly was hired as the Nuggets' new coach on Monday.

Joerger, 39, paid his dues in the lower levels of pro basketball, coaching teams to five titles during his time in the International Basketball Association, the Continental Basketball Association and the NBA Development League. Hollins wasn't offered a contract for next season after he led Memphis to the Western Conference finals.

The past six years, he's been on the Grizzlies' bench, helping the team to the most successful season in franchise history in 2012-13. Joerger had an integral part of forging the defense that has been a Grizzlies hallmark.

Now, the team belongs to Joerger, who will earn about $2 million per season for the next three years. The deal includes a fourth year team option, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports. The team didn't release financial details.

The Grizzlies also interviewed former Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers coach Alvin Gentry, former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and Chicago Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney, but Joerger was always considered the frontrunner.

The 39-year-old paid his dues in the lower levels of pro basketball, coaching teams to five titles during his time in the International Basketball Association, the Continental Basketball Association and the NBA Development League.

The past six years, he's served on the Grizzlies' bench, helping the team to the most successful season in franchise history in 2012-13. Joerger had an integral part of forging the defense that has been a Grizzlies hallmark. In Hollins, he replaces the franchise's winningest coach overall with a record of 214-201.

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