UPDATE (1:15pm on Monday) -- Dave Joerger is the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings, the team announced in a press release on Monday afternoon.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dave to the Sacramento Kings,” said GM Vlade Divac. “He is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results. Dave shares our focus on creating a long-term culture of winning and I look forward to a bright future ahead for the Kings with his leadership on the court.”
The Sacramento Kings have a new head coach.
The Kings will hold a press conference on Tuesday.
The former Grizzlies coach will reportedly sign a three-year deal with a team option in Year 4.
Joerger will reportedly earn $4 million per year.
Joerger, 42, posted a 147-99 record over three seasons with the Grizzlies before being relieved of his duties late last week. The former Memphis assistant turned head coach led his team to the playoffs in each of his three seasons at the helm.
Sacramento held an exhaustive search for a new coach, interviewing more than a dozen candidates over a three week period. While plenty of quality coaches were available, Joerger’s late candidacy turned heads within the organization.
Joerger posted back-to-back 50 win seasons in his first two years on the job. He led Memphis to a 42-40 record last season despite having to coach 28 players, including eight different players on 10-day contracts.
This is the Kings 17th different head coach since moving to Sacramento for the 1985-86 season and the ninth to take the job since Rick Adelman left following the 2005-06 season.