Kings GM close to securing his preferred choice…
The Sacramento Kings are edging closer to confirming the appointment of George Karl as their new head coach on a four-year deal, according to reports.
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As reported by Sam Amick of USA Today on Twitter, owner Vivek Randive and general manager Pete D’Alessandro met on Sunday and the former gave his GM the final say on who their next coach should be.
Despite speculation that DeMarcus Cousins’ camp was against the choice, it is understood that their frustration is more to do with the lack of involvement that he has had in the process since former coach Mike Malone was fired.
The Kings have made radical changes on a consistent basis in recent years, and Cousins is arguably just looking for some consistency in a positive way from the front office in order to build stability.
As a result, it appears as though Sacramento will go long-term with Karl, and the former Denver Nuggets coach will have some work to do with a team that is struggling to put together a run for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
“The Sacramento Kings and George Karl are progressing on a four-year contract worth between $4 million to $5 million a season to become coach of the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Yahoo Sports,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Tyrone Corbin will coach the final two Kings’ games before the All-Star break Tuesday at Chicago and Wednesday at Milwaukee, and – barring an unforeseen snag – Karl will take over as head coach afterward.”
Cousins will also be cautious about the system that Karl will likely adopt as it is based on an up-tempo, guard-centric approach which may not suit his game as he likes to receive the ball in the post and dominate.
Nevertheless, if he wasn’t happy about Malone’s firing, then he will at least be content with the fact that the organisation are looking to make a long-term move with an experienced coach.