The head coaching saga for the Sacramento Kings has been handled poorly all season long, but it appears as though the latest iteration of the team’s search has finally come to a conclusion.
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 Bee has learned.
An official announcement is expected within the next few days. Terms of the deal were not available, though Karl was seeking a four-year contract in excess of $4 million per season.
An introductory news conference will be held next week in Sacramento. Team executives are postponing the formal media session to avoid detracting from center DeMarcus Cousins’ All-Star debut Sunday in New York.
Karl’s first game will be next Friday, Feb. 20, against Boston at Sleep Train Arena.
Current head coach Tyrone Corbin, who took over on an interim basis (but was signed for the remainder of the season) was reportedly told that Wednesday night’s game against the Bucks would be his last as the team’s head coach.
Karl is one of the winningest coaches in NBA history, and employs precisely the kind of uptempo style that ownership in Sacramento craved, and used as a reason for firing the successful Mike Malone just 24 games into the season.
The challenge, of course, will be getting through to DeMarcus Cousins — who has been less than pleased with the way the organization has handled things with its head coaches this season.