The Grizzlies gave Joerger permission to interview with the Timberwolves, including a meeting with T'wolves owner Glen Taylor on Saturday. In addition to negotiating a contract with Joerger, the Timberwolves also needed to work out compensation for the Grizzlies to receive for releasing him from his contract.
Instead, Joerger will return to Memphis after several long conversations with Grizzlies owner Robert Pera that became increasingly productive in recent days with fired CEO Jason Levien no longer between them, sources told Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Talks never got moving on compensation between the T'wolves and Grizzlies after Pera and Joerger built a relationship that had never previously been there.
"I never really talked 1:1 with Joerger before this weekend," Pera said on his Twitter account Sunday evening. "I think he's a great coach."
LeGarie said there is no chance the T'wolves still lure Joerger from Memphis.
The Grizzlies recently fired Levien and director of player personnel and player development Stu Lash. Levien hired Joerger to replace previous coach Lionel Hollins.
The Grizzlies will start a search for a new general manager that will include interim GM Chris Wallace, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Grizzlies had a 50-32 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs in Joerger's first season as coach this season.
Former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, who played for the Timberwolves, remains on Minnesota's list of candidates.
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