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NBA Rumors: Kings Plan to Fire George Karl on Thursday

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

It should have happened months ago, but with one day remaining in the regular season the Sacramento Kings are expected to fire head coach George Karl on Thursday, a day after the conclusion of the regular season, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Heading into the finale, the Kings are 33-48 and will miss the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season despite expectations from owner Vivek Ranadive to end that drought. The team will be moving into a new arena next season.

The Kings’ next coach will be their ninth since 2006-07, the most in the league in that span.

The 64-year-old Karl, who will receive the remaining $6.5 million guaranteed from his four-year contract with the Kings, was hired during the 2015 All-Star break to replace then-interim coach Tyrone Corbin. That move came before Divac was installed as the Kings’ lead decision-maker.

Karl has been unable to coexist with the franchise center DeMarcus Cousins, and he’s still due $10 million on his deal. Karl hasn’t brought about the kind of cultural shift the Kings likely hoped for when they gave him a four-year, $15-million deal.

-- Glenn Erby

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