Although the Kings have yet to formally announce a done deal with Karl, sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the organization is already operating under the premise that Karl will take over the team after the All-Star break.
The parties, sources said, were still working Tuesday on the finer deal points of an expected four-year contract that will formally establish Karl, an ESPN analyst, as Tyrone Corbin’s successor and Sacramento’s third coach of the season starting next week.
The sides are said to be still finalizing contract terms, such as the total worth of the financial package and whether the last year of the proposed four-year deal will be a team option or fully guaranteed. But sources said the delay in publicly confirming Karl as the Kings’ new coach is at least partly due to the club’s determination to help Corbin get through Sacramento’s last two games before the break with no further distractions beyond what he’s already faced over the past few days since Sacramento’s interest in Karl became public.
Sources say Corbin was informed Monday by team officials that the Kings’ games Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago and Milwaukee would likely be his last two in charge.
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Whenever Karl gets hired, he’ll face a DeMarcus Cousins who hasn’t been pleased with the way this coaching search has unfolded so publicly. And here’s yet another leak.
That isn’t necessarily Karl’s fault, but Cousins is under no obligation to assign blame rationally. So, there’s Karl’s first assignment: Get on the same page as the franchise player.
If he can do that, I like Karl’s chances of getting the most from this team.