The Sacramento Kings hire Dave Joerger as new head coach

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The Sacramento Kings have confirmed the appointment of Dave Joerger as the team's new head coach. 

Joerger joins the Kings after being fired by the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, where he spent the last three years of his career. 

The 42-year-old accrued a 147-99 regular season record in Memphis and guided the franchise to playoff berths in each of his seasons at the helm.

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The Grizzlies endured a difficult campaign riddled with injuries that saw them field an NBA record 28 players.

Despite the health issues, however, - which included injuries to the team's big three of Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol - Joerger still guided the Grizzlies to the postseason against all odds winning 42 games but was ultimately swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Kings, but according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Joerger has agreed to a three-year deal worth $12 million, which includes a team option for a fourth season that could make the contract worth $16m.

As soon as the former Memphis coach became available on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings and vice president of basketball operations and general manager Vlade Divac were determined to snap him up and moved swiftly to do so.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dave to the Sacramento Kings,” said Divac. “He is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results. 

"Dave shares our focus on creating a long-term culture of winning and I look forward to a bright future ahead for the Kings with his leadership on the court.”

Joerger replaces George Karl in Sacramento and becomes the franchise's ninth coach since they last went to the playoffs in 2006.


The new Kings head coach will be under no illusions what his target for the 2016-17 season will be; to guide the Kings back to the playoffs. 

Sacramento ended the year with a 33-49 record under Karl and will expect Joerger to improve on that as they move into a new downtown arena. 

Having seen a revolving door of coaches during his time with the organisation - playing under five coaches in his six seasons in the NBA - star player DeMarcus Cousins will hope that Joerger can finally bring some stability on the bench and be a long-term fit for the franchise. 

The big man is coming off his most productive year in the league where he averaged a career-high 26.9 points per game, along with 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

After working with Gasol and Randolph in Memphis, Joerger has experience of utilising big men and should relish the opportunity to work with the All-Star center in Sacramento. 

The Kings will also hope the arrival of a proven coach will help to influence Rajon Rondo to re-sign with the team in the offseason as he enters free agency. 

Th point guard returned to playing at a high level last year with the Kings as he led the league in assists. 

If the front office manages to put a roster together next season comprising of Cousins and Rondo, their new coach will have a good core to build around and optimism should be high among the team's fans that things may finally come together on the court. 

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