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Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (42) / 1/21/1974
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Coach Dave Joerger said he's "seen enough" of bigger lineups and the Kings will go with more small-ball combos going forward.
"DeMarcus is going to play center," Joerger said after Friday's loss. "I don’t know who else will play with him. It just gives us more zip, more life, more experience. That’s not any detriment to anyone else or what they’ve done." Besides the obvious hit to Kosta Koufos, we should see more minutes going to Matt Barnes, Darren Collison and Ty Lawson. Collison should be owned in all leagues, Barnes is worth a pickup in standards, and Lawson is a speculative add for PG-needy owners after a strong Friday. Nov 19 - 3:48 AM

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The Sacramento Kings officially announced Dave Joerger as their next head coach on Tuesday.

It didn't take long for Joerger to find another job after being fired by the Grizzlies and he was officially announced as the Kings head coach at a press conference on Tuesday. "It's a big day for the Sacramento Kings organization," said vice president of basketball operations and general manager Vlade Divac. While the Kings have been languishing as an organization, the hire of Joerger is a step in the right direction.
May 10 - 1:08 PM

Dave Joerger has agreed to a deal in principle to become the Kings head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The two parties were expected to finalize a deal today and they got it done. It's a three-year deal at $4 million per season with a fourth-year team option. Joerger was seventh in the the NBA Coach of the Year voting and has been terrific since being named a head coach in 2013. He kind of has a no-nonsense attitude, so that will be interesting to see how it fits with DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings played at the NBA's fastest pace last season while the Grizzlies were in the bottom five for each of the last three seasons. Obviously personnel can dictate pace, so the Kings should be faster than the Grizzlies. After the Kings have struggled mightily to undo their mistake with Mike Malone, they finally have a win here.
May 9 - 2:22 PM

A "second round of talks between Dave Joerger and the Sacramento Kings" is set for Monday, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

While Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee reported that GM Vlade Divac said Joerger is just one of three finalists, all signs point to the ex-Grizzlies lead man becoming the new Kings head coach. Per Stein, the two sides are discussing a four-year deal worth approximately $16 million that would include a team option for the fourth season, and the Kings are hopeful that they can finalize a deal on Monday. Others that have interviewed for the job include Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro, Mike Woodson, David Blatt, Mark Jackson, Jeff Hornacek, Patrick Ewing, Elston Turner, Corliss Williamson and Nate McMillan.
Source: ESPN
May 9 - 9:13 AM

The Kings are "rapidly progressing" toward a deal with head coach candidate Dave Joerger, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Joerger spent the weekend with the Kings and the prospective contract is "taking the shape of a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $4 million a year." Sacramento moved quickly after Joerger parted ways with the Grizzlies and he's already rumored to be eyeing Elston Turner and Bill Bayno as additions to his new staff, so it would be a mild surprise if this doesn't come to fruition.
May 8 - 11:08 PM

The Kings will interview Dave Joerger for their head-coaching position on Sunday.

Joerger was fired by the Grizzlies on Saturday after seeking permission to interview with the Kings. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Kings are big fans of Joerger and regard him as a serious candidate for the position. The Kings have interviewed several other candidates, but you could argue that Joerger is the current frontrunner for the job.
Source: ESPN
May 8 - 9:19 AM

The Grizzlies have fired head coach Dave Joerger.

According to Adrian Wojnarowksi of The Vertical, Joerger was seeking permission from the Grizzlies to interview with other teams and that's why they let him go. Joerger did an admirable job getting the Grizzlies into the postseason despite countless injuries this season, so he is sure to generate some interest from around the league. In fact, the Kings have reportedly put Joerger at the top of their wish list for their coaching search.
May 7 - 10:06 AM

Coach Dave Joerger said he could rest players against the Warriors on Saturday.

"We’re going to play a back-to-back, you know what I mean?" Joerger said. "You know, Zach [Randolph] is 35, Matt [Barnes] is 35. Vince [Carter] is 39. You try to mix in some guys and try to lighten your load a little bit. We’ll see who we have. I don’t know if we’re going to have all our guys play for us. It’s going to be tough on the second night of a back-to-back. We’ll see." Fantasy owners should expect some or all three aforementioned players to rest.
Apr 9 - 4:31 PM

Dave Joerger said he's not overly concerned about the Sacramento Kings' protest of Thursday's Rockets victory.

The Kings have filed a protest to the league contesting Courtney Lee's buzzer-beating layup, but Joerger doesn't think the protest has much merit. "The system worked at every level," Joerger said. "Monty [McCutchen] and his crew made the correct call.They will uphold the result regardless of what is being talked about in the media, what is being stirred up. It’s not something I really want to deal with or touch. I just think let the league handle it."
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger is excited to be adding the defensive minded Jeff Bzdelik to his staff.

"I value his head coaching experience but everybody brings a different strength," said Joerger. "What he brings is great experience having worked with [Pat] Riley in Miami. He's a detail guy. He's very organized. He's going to fit with the level of toughness that we have and want to keep having here." Joerger will look to Bzdelik to develop the team’s defensive game plans, and he's a great acquisition for the Memphis organization.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 01:07:00 PM

The Grizzlies may not hire a new general manager, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

Earlier this month, ESPN reported that the Grizzlies were going to remove the interim tag from Chris Wallace, so this report falls in line with that one. The Grizzlies also have former ESPN writer John Hollinger in their front office and may give him some added responsibilities.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 09:57:00 AM

The Grizzlies have recently acquired a 2015 second-round pick from the Nuggets.

The pick was first dealt in 2008 involving Javaris Crittenton, and it was then dealt two more times. The Grizzlies could wind up dealing this pick again because they do not have a second-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 03:41:00 PM

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger divulged a bit of his draft strategy to the press on Friday.

"We need some more playmaking. We need some more athleticism. We need some more IQ," said Joerger. It's a bit surprising that 3-point shooting wasn't mentioned by the coach, as Memphis ranked dead last in 3-points made during the 2013-14 season. Former University of Memphis guard Joe Jackson, guard Scottie Wilbekin (6-2, Florida) and big man Clint Capela (6-11, France) were viewed by management as the most intriguing prospects they've worked out so far. GM Chris Wallace had this to say about the draft: "You’re balancing addressing needs with bringing in talent, but NBA drafting has become less need driven... It’s more about upside."
Fri, May 30, 2014 04:48:00 PM

The Grizzlies have picked up their fourth-year option for head coach Dave Joerger, while adding a fifth year as a team option.

Joerger was reportedly convinced by owner Robert Pera to stay in Memphis, rather than leaving to coach the Wolves, and this 'sweetened' contract may have been part of the bargain. His salary is now fully guaranteed through the 2016-17 season, giving him hefty leverage in a league with high turnover for head coaches.
Source: WREG.com
Tue, May 27, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Grizzlies owner Robert Pera considered firing head coach Dave Joerger several times during the season, according Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

The repot dates back to September when Pera challenged Tony Allen to a game of one-on-one, which Joerger didn't like. Pera has already taken to Twitter to deny the report. "What happened to journalistic integrity? No wonder people are calling me crazy. I would too if any of that was true," Pera said. The Grizzlies seem to have mended whatever issues they had with Joerger and he looks like he'll be running the show for his second season as head coach.
Mon, May 26, 2014 01:39:00 PM