Dave Joerger did a sterling job of taking the Memphis Grizzlies to a seventh-placed finish in the Western Conference this season despite a number of injuries that led to the franchise using an NBA-record 28 players throughout the campaign.
However, discontent between the coach and front office meant his job was always on a knife edge, and he was fired yesterday just 13 days after the Grizzlies were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs.
But, according to ESPN, Joerger is already being lined up by the Sacramento Kings as they continue their search for a head coach after George Karl was given his marching orders at the end of the season.
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Reportedly, the Kings were interested in the former Grizzlies coach before the two parties ended their relationship on Saturday, but the sacking leaves the door open for Sacramento to make their move.
They are supposedly meeting with the 42-year-old on Sunday to discuss the possibility of him jumping straight into a new project.
Joerger is just the latest name on a long list of people to be linked with the vacancy. Charlotte Hornets' associate coach Patrick Ewing has been mentioned, as has former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt. Other names include Ettore Messina, Kevin McHale, Mike Woodson, Sam Mitchell and Vinny del Negro.
With the Kings moving into a new downtown arena next season and franchise star DeMarcus Cousins' standing as one of the most dominant big men in the league, Sac is definitely an exciting prospect for potential coaches.