The Kings have fired Dave Joerger despite his success. The club announced on Thursday about the removal of the three-year coach in Sacramento during the peak of the best season in Sacramento.
Nearly five million dollars remaining and a year remaining from the contract, Joerger had a twelve win improvement in the 2018-19 seasons, and Sacramento has been out of the playoff in three consecutive seasons under him.
The Kings’ general manager Vlade Divac thanked Joerger for his contribution to the club and wished him good luck as he exits the team. He said that the team needed to take a new direction to reach new heights. This came after Divac agreed to extend his stay in the kings as the general manager and wish to consolidate his powers. He said he would hold a meeting on Thursday to fire Joerger.
It had been rumored that there was growing tension between Joerger and the office.Also, there had been an issue of trust between Joerger and the assistant general manager Brandon William.
According to The New York Times, Luke Walton is expected to replace Joerger. These speculations have been there throughout the season.
However, this became evident when the Lakers president Magic Johnson was allowed by the Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss to the firing of Walton.
On Wednesday, the Kings lost to the Trail Blazers 136- 131. This is after Joerger decided to sit his starters in the second half. Sacramento lost 28 points lead in the first half. They also lost 17 of 26 final games and only made to 11-17 after getting the support of Harrison Barnes from Dallas on Feb 7. The deal was meant to reduce the chances of Sacramento making in the playoff.