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The Sacramento Kings are off to a surprising 8-7 start to the 2018-19 season.
However, despite the improvement in terms of the bottom line (the Kings were an abysmal 27-55 last season), all is not well in Sac Town.
At least not behind the scenes, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.
According to Haynes, a vast divide exists between Sacramento’s front office and head coach Dave Joerger, one which could leave to Joerger’s dismissal.
Joerger’s handling of 2018 No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III could eventually lead to the coach’s dismissal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sources said the franchise is growing frustrated with how Joerger is distributing minutes and assigning roles to the team’s young prospects.
The front office views this season as a development year, sources said, but it was still confident that the team would be competitive and grow with Bagley, promising guard De’Aaron Fox, and forwards Harry Giles and Skal Labissiere getting meaningful minutes.
Haynes reports Joerger’s usage of Bagley, in particular, is a hot-button issue with the front office.
There is a call from within the franchise for Bagley to receive more minutes, sources said. Bagley — who sources said was projected internally to be among the starting forwards before the season — is critical to the organization’s future.
In addition, Kings players have reportedly become frustrated by inconsistent roles and a lack of communication from Joerger regarding their future and limited minutes.
Joerger is Sacramento’s fifth head coach in the last six seasons and is under contract through the 2019-20 season. He was hired in May 16 to replace George Karl.