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Dave Joerger will be named as the Grizzlies new head coach

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Major sports outlets are naming Dave Joerger as the new head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Joerger has served as an assistant coach for the Grizzlies since 2007. He once served as head coach for the Dakota Wizards, which is a D-League in the NBA.

The Memphis Grizzlies posted a picture on their social media Instagram site Tuesday morning stating Joerger was being promoted from assistant coach to head coach (see posting: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=556532357726112&set=a.513963765316305.1073741828.513945971984751&type=1&theater) . But shortly after making the announcement on Instagram, the team removed the image.

Team representatives have yet to make an official announcement on the hiring of Joerger.

Joerger is expected replace Lionel Hollins after the Grizzlies decided not to renew his contract on June 10. Hollins is allowed to speak to other NBA teams about coaching positions, but has yet to receive any offers.

The Grizzlies reached the Western Conference finals for the first time this year but decided not to re-sign Hollins, who compiled a 196-155 record with the team.

The 39-year-old Joerger has been in charge of the Memphis defense the past three seasons.

Before joining the Grizzlies, Joerger won five D-League titles in seven seasons as a head coach.

Joerger's expected promotion to head coach comes two days before Thursday's NBA Draft. The team has three second-round picks.

After not renewing Hollins' contract, the team also reportedly looked at former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry for the team's vacant slot.

Hollins and the team's management reportedly had philosophical differences despite the team's success. The new front office is committed to analytics in making decisions, including the trade of Rudy Gay to Toronto. Joerger is reportedly receptive to that approach and should start off his new job with a strong relationship with the team's players and management.


FOXSports.com contributed to this report.

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