Corbin ready to step aside after short stint in charge…
The Sacramento Kings have reportedly agreed to hire George Karl to become their new head coach but nothing will be announced until after All-Star weekend.
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Karl has been linked with the post for over a week as negotiations continued between the two parties, and it appears as though an agreement has finally been reached.
“After several days of intense negotiations, George Karl has agreed to take over as Kings head coach after this weekend’s NBA All-Star break,” The Sacramento Bee reported.
The official announcement will come early next week and although terms of the deal were not made available, it is understood that Karl will put pen to paper on a four-year deal worth $4m per season.
Karl’s first game will be next Friday against the Boston Celtics at Sleep Train Arena, but it is worth noting that not all of the contract details have been finalised yet.
Current head coach Ty Corbin, who took over on an interim basis after the firing of Mike Malone, was reportedly told that Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks would be his last.
Given the recent changes and the way in which the franchise has gone about their decisions, it is believed that star center DeMarcus Cousins has been left far from pleased with his lack of involvement.
Cousins had a strong working relationship with Malone and was upset to hear about his dismissal via social media, while he was not consulted about the Corbin decision either.
With Karl favouring an up-tempo and guard-centric style of play, it remains to be seen whether or not Cousins is still able to dominate as he has done so far this season and that may well have been behind the unrest in his camp over the appointment.
Nevertheless, Cousins is understood to have been more upset with the lack of stability at the organisation rather than Karl’s arrival and all parties concerned will be hopeful that this is the start of a long and successful relationship.