Reports indicate there has been growing tension between Joerger and the front office.
The Kings could be ready to move on from coach Dave Joerger, ESPN reported Thursday.
The speculation comes after general manager Vlade Divac agreed to a four-year extension with Sacramento to keep him through the 2022-23 season. ESPN reports “Divac is pushing to consolidate his power as Kings top basketball executive” to make a decision on Joerger’s decision.
A separate ESPN report revealed there has been growing tension between Joerger and the front office, while The Athletic noted there has been a trust issue between Joerger and assistant general manager Brandon Williams for much of the season.
If the Kings do decide to move on from Joerger, The New York Times reports one potential candidate they’d be interested in is Luke Walton. The Lakers coach has faced speculation all season about his future with Los Angeles. After former Lakers president Magic Johnson stepped down Tuesday, reports surfaced that Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss had given Johnson permission to fire Walton.
Joerger, who has one season and approximately $5 million remaining on his current contract, led the Kings to a 39-43 record during the 2018-19 season after going 27-55 the year before. Sacramento missed the playoffs for the third straight year under Joerger.
The Kings lost to 136-131 to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday when Joerger decided to sit his starters in the second half. Sacramento managed to lose a 28-point lead from the first half.
Sacramento also lost 17 of its final 26 games and went just 11-17 after acquiring small forward Harrison Barnes from Dallas on Feb. 7. The trade was intended to help bolster Sacramento’s chances of making the playoffs, but the Kings fell short.
Sacramento finished the regular season ninth in the Western Conference, nine games back from the eighth-ranked Clippers.