Kings head coach Dave Joerger could be on his way out in Sacramento because of strategic differences with the club.
According to Yahoo Sports, Sacramento’s front office isn’t happy with how Joerger is distributing minutes this season, especially when it comes to the team’s young players.
The front office reportedly thought first-round pick Marvin Bagley III would be in the starting lineup before the season, but he has not been on the court to start a game yet this year.
In addition, the team reportedly views this year as a developmental year with a desire to see players like Skal Labissière and Harry Giles see more playing time so they can be better in the future. However, Labissière is seeing a career low in minutes and Giles is on the court for just 10 per game.
The Kings are off to a surprising start this season as they are currently in a tie for eighth place at 8-7 and much of that has been Joerger’s insistence on playing veterans like Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nemanja Bjelica.
The problem with that though is it’s apparently not what the front office wants. The players are also reportedly not pleased with how Joerger is distributing minutes.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac issued a statement in response to the report.
“Dave has our full support and confidence,” the statement read. “We continue to work together to develop our young core and compete.”
Joerger’s contract runs through the 2019-20 season. He took over for George Karl in 2016. The Kings have had five coaches in the last six years.