It should have happened months ago — but with one day remaining in the regular season — The Sacramento Kings are expected to fire 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.