5. Dave Joerger
Joerger is in his third year as an assistant coach in Philadelphia under Doc Rivers, so the Mavericks would have to convince him to leave the Sixers to come to Dallas. The 49-year-old played college basketball before becoming a coach. He spent a decade working his way to the NBA, including leading his team to a G League championship in 2007.
Joerger got his first chance as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2007 under Marc Iavaroni. He stayed when Lionel Hollins took over and after six years as an assistant got his first NBA head coaching gig in 2013. Joerger spent three years as Grizzlies head coach where he went 147-99 and led Memphis to the playoffs three times before jumping ship to Sacramento in 2016.
Joerger could not end the Kings' playoff drought and was fired after three forgettable years. Sacramento arguably overperformed given their roster, but they just did not have enough talent.
He is an offensive coach that has had success running different styles. Could Joerger find a way to maximize the Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving partnership? It could be a dream job for any coach looking to showcase their ability to draw things up.
Some believed Dallas should have been interested when they were hiring a head coach in 2021. Could they convince Joerger to come over in an associate head coach role where he runs the offense? It is certainly worth exploring.