The Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Dave Joerger, a person familiar with the decision confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Joerger and general manager Vlade Divac, who just agreed to a contract extension, had a meeting Thursday morning. Joerger had one year left on his contract with the Kings.
Divac also fired assistant general manager Brandon Williams. Joerger and Williams clashed, and it seemed earlier this season that Joerger would emerge the winner of that battle. The prevailing thought was that Williams would be out and Joerger would stay. Turns out, both are out.
On the surface, Joerger’s dismissal is a head-scratcher. Joerger led the Kings to a 39-43 record, the franchise’s best mark since 2005-06 and a 12-game improvement over last season.
Joerger deserves credit for installing a fast-paced style featuring young talent such as De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III, Buddy Hield, Harry Giles and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
The Athletic reported that Luke Walton, who may be fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Philadelphia assistant coach Monty Williams are among the candidates the Kings could pursue.
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