With George Karl’s firing imminent, Kings will start quest for new coach

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:29 PM

The first matter will be to fire head coach George Karl, which is expected to happen Thursday upon the Kings’ return to Sacramento. Karl coached the team for a full season and a third in Sacramento, taking a 44-67 record into Wednesday’s season-finale in Houston.

With George Karl’s firing imminent, Kings will start quest for new coach

With the Kings concluding another disappointing season Wednesday night against the Rockets at the Toyota Center, the team’s front office won’t waste time in its quest to reshape its coaching staff.

The first matter will be to fire head coach George Karl, which is expected to happen Thursday upon the Kings’ return to Sacramento. Karl coached the team for a full season and a third in Sacramento, taking a 44-67 record into Wednesday’s season-finale in Houston.

Once Karl is dismissed, the Kings will start to process of hiring their fourth head coach since Vivek Ranadive took over as majority owner, a fact that's likely to lead big-name candidates love Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks to manage clear of the Golden one Middle that opens in the fall.

League sources indicated former Kings guard Vinny Del Negro, Jeff Hornacek, Kevin McHale and Patrick Ewing are among the names being considered. The sources didn't wish to be identified because they're unauthorized to speak on the matter.

Former Warriors coach Label Jackson and former Cleveland coach David Blatt are also expected to be considered.

Whomever takes the work will inherit two-time All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins, who'll presently play below his sixth coach entering his seventh season in the league. A huge reason for Karl’s departure was his inability to set up a solid working relationship with the center, who at times went on tirades directed at Karl. Karl tried to obtain Cousins suspended after a locker-room outburst in November, but common manager Vlade Divac didn't oblige.

Cousins also had other run-ins with most of his previous coaches prior to Karl.

The new coach will also be joining a team still piecing together its front office as Divac looks to add a basketball executive with more experience to assistance him in running the Kings.

Entering the game against the Rockets, the Kings (33-48) necessity to lose to make better their chances of keeping their top-10 protected pick. In nearly making sure that loss happens against the Rockets, which necessity to win in order to clinch the Western Conference’s final playoff spot, Sacramento will only suite up eight players.

Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison were already left off the ride to rest. Rudy Homosexual and Caron Butler are also being given tonight off.

Omri Casspi and Marco Belinelli are out with injuries.

While the Kings posted their best record below Karl in eight seasons, it's the tenth consecutive season Sacramento has missed the playoffs. The team’s latest playoff berth came in the 2005-06 season below former coach Rick Adelman.

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