The Wolves' coaching search has a late entry, and probably a frontrunner at that:

The Wolves have been given permission to talk to Memphis coach Dave Joerger and will probably do so by the end of the week, according to a league source.

Joerger grew up in Staples, Minn., and goes way back with Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders. He went to college at Division II Minnesota State-Moorhead.

Joerger as a young coach nearly 20 years ago often attended Flip's Wolves practices at Target Center and took notes.

Joerger's Grizzlies team won 50 games last season but he's currently in the middle of a mess in Memphis, where ownership suddenly fired much of its front office earlier this week

Bottom line, according to the source: Joerger wants out and Grizzlies ownership wants him out, but Joerger doesn't want to leave the rest of his multi-year contract on the table and the team doesn't want to pay him off.

The Grizzlies on Monday fired CEO Jason Levien and assistant general manager Stu Lash, but kept general manager Chris Wallace, VP of basketball operations John Hollinger and, at least for the time being, Joerger.