September 27, 2017, 11:59 am
Stability starts at the top.
The Kings took a step towards more stability as they announced Wednesday morning that they were extending the contract of general manager Vlade Divac, and picking up the fourth-year option on Head Coach Dave Joerger.
Divac, who was promoted to general manager in 2015, and Joerger, who was hired prior to last season, will now both have contracts that run through the 2019-20 season. The contract extensions are examples of owner Vivek Ranadive learning from his past mistakes.
In 2015, Ranadive told CBS Sacramento that hiring a coach before a GM was “a mistake,” and with the contracts now running concurrently it appears the Kings have put that complication to bed.
Joerger won his fewest games as a head coach last season when he compiled a 32-50 record with Sacramento. Prior to that, he was head coach for the Grizzlies, where he went 50-32, 55-27 and 42-40 in his three seasons in Memphis.
Joerger was the sixth different head coach for the Kings since the 2012 season. While it seems the extension for Joerger would allow the Kings to look to the future, the team also signed George Karl to a four-year deal in 2015. He was fired by the Kings following the 2015/16 season after a 33-49 year.
For Divac, the extension is a vote of confidence after some questioned the handling of the DeMarcus Cousins trade, as well as a trade in 2015 with the Sixers that led to the Kings dropping from No. 3 to No. 5 in the draft, which included other messy issues as well.
With the Kings loaded in young prospects, a credit to Divac’s tenure, the contract extensions give Joerger and Divac a fair opportunity to turn potential into a playoff contender.