Zgoda: Joerger interviewed; Dieng makes All-Rookie second team
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- May 22, 2014 - 4:48 PM
Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders did meet with Memphis coach Dave Joerger today in an undisclosed location, according to a source. Next step is for Joerger with meet with owner Glen Taylor sometime this weekend.
From there, you've got to except the Wolves will proceed toward finalizing a contract with Joerger, provided the Wolves and Grizzlies can come to agreement on compensation considering that Joerger is still under contract in Memphis.
The question is whether the Wolves are willing to surrender a draft pick and flip-flop picks to a team that has backed themselves into a corner with a coach they don't want back but who still has two years left on his contract
The Wolves own three second-round picks in next month's draft.
Or as long as Joerger doesn't make a bad impression with Taylor. But given their shared small-town Minnesota roots, you got to believe the two men will hit it off.
In other news:
Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng today was named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team.
In balloting done by 125 sportswriters and broadcasters, Dieng received 21 first-team votes and 54 second-team voties. That put him firmly in the middle of a second team that included Boston's Kelly Olynyk, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Charlotte's Cody Zeller and Oklahoma CIty's Steven Adams.
Dieng got there with a late-season push made possible because of both increased playing time provided by Nikola Pekovic's hurting ankle and the fact he no longer picked up two quick fouls anymore whenever he got on the floor.
That finishing flourish wasn't quite enough to make a first team comprised of Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando's Victor Oladipo, Utah's Trey Burke, Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and New York's Tim Hardaway Jr.
Other Wolves who were named All Rookie, second team: Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, Felton Spencer, Craig Smith, Jonny Flynn, Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams.
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