-- The Memphis Grizzlies have fired Dave Joerger after three seasons as coach, the team announced Saturday.
"After careful consideration, I concluded that a change was needed to foster the strong culture required to achieve sustainable, long-term success for this organization, the city and our fans," general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement.
Sources told Yahoo! Sports' The Vertical that Joerger was seeking permission to talk to other teams about their open coaching positions. The Grizzlies instead decided to let him go.
The Grizzlies stumbled into the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 3-14 stretch. They were then swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.
Memphis churned through players during an injury-heavy campaign. An NBA-record 28 players logged at least one minute for the Grizzlies this season.
He was 147-99 in his first NBA head-coaching job. Joerger took the Grizzlies to the playoffs in each of his three seasons.
The Sacramento Kings have put Joerger at the top of their list as they look for a new coach, according to The Vertical. Other teams with current head-coaching openings are the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks.
ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.