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Kings fire coach Dave Joerger, eye Luke Walton

Bring on the drama!

Sacramento Kings v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Only one day after the regular season ended, the Sacramento Kings made news by firing head coach Dave Joerger.

Joerger had been on the hot seat earlier in the season due to reported differences between he and vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac. Divac apparently wanted Joerger to give more playing time to the team’s young pieces, while Joerger was playing the established veterans that were helping them win games and stay in the playoff race.

Ultimately the Kings missed the playoffs but Joerger, took a team projected to be at the bottom of the league and led them to 39 wins - Sacramento’s highest total since the 2005-06 season. He added 12 wins to the team’s total from a year ago, and helped lead the outstanding ascension of second-year guard De’Aaron Fox.

Firing him is beyond odd.

It is, however, emblematic of a power struggle that appeared to be happening in Sacramento. And it certainly seems like Divac is trying to clean house and start fresh.

With Joerger gone, the Kings are reportedly eyeing Los Angeles Lakers coach - and former Golden State Warriors assistant - Luke Walton. Walton was expected to be fired at season’s end, but the abrupt and unexpected resignation of Magic Johnson could potentially change things.

With Fox and Buddy Hield taking leaps forward, and Marvin Bagley III looking like a high quality prospect, the Kings are certainly on the up and up, and could meet the Warriors in the playoffs in the next year or two.

But they’ll surprisingly need a new coach first.

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