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Dave Joerger to be fired, Brandon Williams gone, Kings may be interested in Luke Walton

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Deep breaths.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

What, you thought the Kings would have a calm offseason?

The Sacramento Kings are the center of the rumor mill this morning. Shortly after agreeing to a contact extension for himself, Vlade Divac reportedly fired Brandon Williams (per Sam Amick of The Athletic).

And as though that wasn’t enough, reports indicate that Vlade may also be about to fire Dave Joerger as head coach. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

And as though that isn’t enough drama, there are reports that the Kings may be interesting in Luke Walton (assuming the Lakers fire him). This was reporte by Marc Stein of the New York Times and confirmed by Amick:

We will continue to keep you updated as today’s events unfold, and there will be plenty of time for analysis. For now, I’m simply at a loss for words.

Update 1: We have some additional information on potential coaching candidates.

Walton, Monty Williams, and Ettore Messina represent a caliber of coaching candidates the Kings have not been able to attract in the past. The fact that Messina is apparently interested in the job is encouraging.

More updates as more information becomes known.

Update 2: The Kings have officially announced the firing of Dave Joerger and released the following statement:

Today, Sacramento Kings General Manager Vlade Divac announced that Dave Joerger has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the team.

“After evaluating the season, I determined that we need to move in a different direction in order to take us to the next level,” said Kings General Manager Vlade Divac. “On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I want to thank Dave for his contributions to our team and I wish him all the best.”

Joerger was named Sacramento’s head coach in May of 2016 after spending three years as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. During his time with the Kings, he coached the team to a record of 98-148 (.398).