Dave Joerger has one foot out the door, and apparently is being pushed to dislodge his other foot from the Grizzlies organization.
So where does Memphis go from here?
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated floated the idea of the Grizzlies trading their first round pick (or even three) in exchange for Chicago Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Speaking of Thibs, if Memphis really wants him, he's worth a first round pick. And if I'm Chicago, I ask for three. He's that valuable.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 23, 2014
This is a rumor. Speculation in it’s perfect form. However, with all nonsense going on in the front office, on the coaching staff, and potentially on the roster, don’t we have the right to put our heads and the clouds and imagine Thibs on the good guys’ sideline?
With the identity that the Grizzlies have already established, it seems that the current Chicago head man would be a hand-in-glove fit to utilize the talent on the roster. He could step in with many similar pieces to what he already has while upgrading his offensive capabilities. The Grindhouse seems like a perfect home for a man regarded as the top coach defensive in the sport.
Should Memphis trade a first round choice for Thibodeau if the situation presents itself? Absolutely.
Besides the fact that his teams have achieved great levels of success given the relative lack of talent of his rosters, there is one thing that attracts me to Thibodeau’s coaching prowess: his teams play hard for him. While this may seem like a simple, and obvious, attribute that one should assume all teams do for their coaches, anyone who follows the sport sees it is not something that happens every night.
On top of that, there are the widely recognized benefits to having Thibs coach your team: defense, accountability, and unselfish play. Short of dealing for Gregg Popovich, this is the best move the Grizzlies could make right now. Dealing a late first round pick, even in this draft, should be a no-brainer. Of course, this is all speculative, but stranger things have happened (like losing a coach for the second straight year after a playoff appearance).
We’ll have all your updates on the Joerger situation, the Grizz coaching search, and everything in between for your Memphis Grizzlies Offseason 2014.
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