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Kings Hire Dave Joerger as Next Head Coach

Another NBA coach will get his crack at the Sacramento Kings in former Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger, according to multiple reports on a three-year $12 million contract with a team option for the fourth year.

Joerger, who was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies after three seasons and a 147-99 win-loss record, will be the 5th Kings head coach since 2012-2013 with George Karl being the latest to fail with the dysfunctional Kings.

The 42-year-old Joerger will be able to hire his own assistant coaching staff. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that there’s no doubt that Joerger will attempt to bring members of the Grizzlies staff to Sactown:

Joerger will have the autonomy to hire his own assistant coaching staff, and there’s doubt about his commitment to bringing members of his Grizzlies staff with him to the Kings, league sources said. Elston Turner is expected to join him, and another candidate – veteran NBA and college coach Bill Bayno – is likely to join Joerger on the bench as well, sources said.

Last season, the Kings played at the fastest pace in the league under George Karl, while the Grizzlies played under the slowest in Joerger. Rajon Rondo will be an unrestricted free agent, as well as Seth Curry. Joerger is seen by his peers as having a “no nonsense attitude”, so it should be interesting to see how Joerger and DeMarcus Cousins get along if the Kings decide to keep Cousins.

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