(The Wrap-Up Magazine) Divac had pushed to make a coaching change in February before Kings minority owners, according to league sources, scuttled the move, citing financial concerns and other factors. But sources said this week that Divac insisted on the change at season’s end as part of his recent contract extension and will now commission a deliberate, broad search in which he hopes to speak to several candidates.
Karl also nearly lost his job in November after a public dispute with center DeMarcus Cousins.
“While I would have loved to continue on this journey, I am very proud of our work and I want to thank Kings management for the opportunity to have coached this exciting team with such a bright future,” Karl said Thursday in a statement. “It’s my heartfelt feeling that the magnificent new arena will be hosting many playoff runs and an eventual championship, which the Sacramento fans, some of the most loyal and supportive people I’ve ever known in my many years in the NBA, very much deserve.
“With a profound humility, moving forward, I wish nothing but the best for this franchise and its players.”
NBA coaching sources told ESPN that Kevin McHale, Mark Jackson, Vinny Del Negro and Nate McMillan are among the names Sacramento is considering for its coaching job. The Kings, sources told Stein, also have strong interest in Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks but concede that competition for those two will be fierce.