NBA Rumors: Kings May Remove George Karl To Retain DeMarcus Cousins
Will Vlade Divac sack George Karl in this offseason? The Sacramento Kings’ front office is likely to fire head coach Karl, according to reports.Advertisement
Karl was almost fired in February. The Kings head coach had a difficult relationship with All-star DeMarcus Cousins, as reported by the Real GM. The Kings are certainly in a mess now. Despite the heroics of DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings are 26-41 this season. Cousins again was suspended as the Kings All-star berated George Karl after the loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
USA Today’s Sam Amick wrote that Karl is expected to be sacked during this offseason. “Yet with Karl still expected to be replaced after the season, there is a belief within the organization and around the league that Cousins won’t be truly available unless the situation doesn’t significantly improve leading up to the Feb. 2017 trade deadline. He’ll have a long line of suitors then, too. After all, this is a talent-driven league and Cousins – headaches be damned – is a supremely talented player.” Wrote Amick.
There is reportedly infighting among Kings’ coaching stuff and assistant coach Nancy Lieberman has been exiled as Karl didn’t trust her. The Kings will remove George Karl to retain big man DeMarcus Cousins in this offseason so that he could be traded before next season’s trade deadline, according to Amick’s report.
“The wildly talented Cousins is a lot of things, but he’s no dummy. He sees the justifiable criticism of Ranadive, whose refusal to stand by the only NBA coach who truly connected with Cousins, Michael Malone, in Dec. 2014 was one of the many plot twists that helped cause this mess. He sees the in-fighting on the coaching staff, with assistant coach Nancy Lieberman identified as a Ranadive confidante and thus unofficially exiled by Karl months ago.” Amick also wrote.