Kings extend contract of GM Vlade Divac through 2022-23 season

Florence Fletcher
April 15, 2019

The team announced Thursday it has fired its third-year coach on the heels of his best season in Sacramento.

Joerger finished his three year tenure with a (98-148) record.

According to The Athletic's Sam Amick, Walton is the "clear front-runner" for the vacant Sacramento Kings head coaching job if he is available.

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Divac had spent six seasons as a Sacramento player, from 1998 to 2004.

The Kings exceeded expectations to go 39-43 this season.

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Walton has missed the playoffs in all three years with the Lakers.

The Kings, coming off their most successful season in more than a decade, didn't waste any time in looking to the future. With that said, the Grizzlies have fizzled with David Fizdale, Joerger's replacement. Before he arrived in Sacramento, the franchise hadn't won 38 games since 2007-08. In this picture, Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center in New York City, Dec. 18, 2018.

The odd-on favorite is Miami assistant Juwan Howard, who played with LeBron James during his time with the Heat.

Divac also made a trade this season to acquire forward Harrison Barnes from Dallas in hopes of making a playoff push but the team faltered down the stretch, going 9-16 after the All-Star break. "We have to believe in them and give them a chance to take advantage of their work and talent".

If Joerger is not retained, expect the Kings to once again jump into a deep dive into the NBA's coaching circle.

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