It appears that the Wolves, meanwhile, have to relaunch their search for a replacement for the retiring Rick Adelman, barring any further unforeseen twists in what has been a wild week-long saga. Former Wolves forward Sam Mitchell is widely regarded as Minnesota's other top coaching candidate besides Joerger.
Sources said Pera's dissatisfaction with Joerger so early in the season was one of the factors that led to the breakdown in the owner's relationship with Levien, who was abruptly fired last week along with assistant general manager Stu Lash despite brokering much of Pera's purchase of the team from the late Michael Heisley in June 2012.
Levien was Joerger's biggest supporter when the decision was made after last season's 56 wins and a trip to the Western Conference finals not to award Hollins a new contract. The Grizzlies overcame a woeful start -- triggered in part by a Marc Gasol knee injury -- to go 50-32 under Joerger and extend the Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. The Grizzlies had to play that Game 7 without the suspended Zach Randolph.
But now, after insisting that his relationship with Joerger has been patched, Pera said: "I will open up the checkbook and do whatever it takes to bring us closer to a championship organization."