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Just two days after being fired by the Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed a new head coaching job with the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings, who are set to move into a new arena in 2016-17, really wanted to hire Joerger as their new head coach. Vivek Ranadvie and company sent out a private jet to Tennessee and Nebraska to fly Joerger and his family to Northern California for a meeting on Monday to discuss the Kings future. Via Yahoo Sports:
The deal includes a team option for a fourth season that could make the contract worth $16 million, sources said.
A news conference to introduce Joerger could come as soon as Monday afternoon.
Joerger was fired Saturday as the Memphis Grizzlies’ coach after trying to seek permission to discuss the Kings’ opening. For Sacramento, Joerger is a playoff-proven coach who’ll try to redeem a floundering franchise.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and Joerger met on Monday and discussions moved to a swift conclusion with an agreement. The Kings fetched Joerger and his family in a private jet for a Sunday visit in Northern California, and Joerger and Kings vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac spent considerable time discussing a partnership.
The Kings showed their seriousness in Joerger by sending a private jet Saturday that gathered him in Tennessee and his wife and children in Nebraska, bringing them together to Sacramento, league sources said.