Joerger was a successful head coach in the minor leagues and was the lead assistant under Hollins the last two seasons. Terms of Joerger's contract weren't released. But The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis has reported Joerger signed a four-year deal with a starting salary of about $1.5 million. Hollins' contract wasn't renewed. But there was a disconnect between Hollins and the new ownership group led by Robert Pera. Before turning to their longtime assistant, the Grizzlies formally interviewed former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry and Chicago Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney for the post, and also entertained the idea of bringing on high-profile names such as former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl. Information from ESPN.com NBA writer Kevin Arnovitz and The Associated Press was used in this report.