The Sacramento Kings have a long list of prospects for their vacant coaching position and rumors are swelling that former Memphis Grizzlies mentor Dave Joerger was able to land the job after the interview over the weekend.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that the talks between Joerger and the Kings have rapidly progressed that the former Grizzles coach has been set up for a meeting with King’s owner Vivek Ranadive and league sources stated that the “meeting” could finalize the hiring of Joerger.
League sources stated that Joerger and his family was flown in by a private jet Sunday and has serious discussions with Kings’ vice president for basketball operations Vlade Divac. The source also stated that the meeting is fast progressing that both sides were already discussing the terms of the contract.
“The framework of a contract has been moving into place over the weekend, taking the shape of a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $4 million a year,” league sources said.
Aside from the contract, sources added that Joerger will be given full autonomy to hire his own coaching staff. Sources added that the Kings will also hire Elston Turner and Bill Bayno as part of the coaching staff.
Joerger’s name came in as a contender for the coaching job with the Kings after he was fired by Grizzlies Saturday and Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace stated that they are looking for “long term success for the team and for the fans” as well. The statement puzzled everyone because for a team battled with a series of injuries despite barging their way into the Playoffs, Joerger should also get the credit, but as they say “one cannot please everyone.”
“After careful consideration, I concluded that a change was needed to foster the strong culture required to achieve sustainable, long-term success for this organization, the city and our fans,” Wallace said.
Joerger could have never been proud with his players, who despite with the injuries came out fighting. They eventually bowed to a more organized and disciplined San Antonio Spurs, but Joerger stated that his players gave their best against all odds.
“They could’ve quit, could’ve not made the playoffs and every day they came out and fought like crazy,” Joerger added.
The 42-year old Joerger was first an assistant coach before he was named by the Grizzlies head coach in 2013 before he was fired. As the Grizzlies head coach, the Grizzlies have the third-longest playoff streak in the NBA with six straight seasons, behind only the Spurs and the Atlanta Hawks.
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