Report: George Karl likely out as Kings’ coach this summer

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The Kings reportedly considered firing George Karl in November. They reportedly considered firing him in February. Sacramento has put out indications of an offseason coaching search, and people close to Karl have long believed his job is in jeopardy.

You can see where this is going.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

As for Karl, league sources tell CBS Sports that his tenure in Sacramento is likely to come to an end this summer

At one point, there was talk Karl needed to win 40 games for a chance to keep his job. It’s still mathematically possible, but the 26-41 Kings aren’t getting there.

If the Kings are set on dumping Karl, they should just do it now (unless they’re hoping he resigns for financial reasons, but why would he?). A coaching change could lift everyone’s spirits these final 15 games. A new environment could convince DeMarcus Cousins to buy-in, and if he plays more focused, it could raise his trade value – which only opens options.

This has been a painful unraveling of Sacramento’s season (which was never that promising to begin with). With Karl’s lame-duck status even more certain, the finish might be even worse.