Dave Joerger Rumors
Incoming calls from other teams have been dismissed. There seems to be zero desire to even talk about a Cousins trade from the Kings’ side. Unless things are just brutally bad out of the gate, the Kings likely play out the first season under Coach Joerger and make decisions from there once they know more. There is no doubt that Cousins’ looming free agency in 2018 will become a factor; it’s just not one right now.
“I would like to return to the NBA and work again with Dave Joerger, the coach I had in the Memphis Grizzlies who is now on the bench of the Sacramento Kings”, said the Greek point guard to Sport24.gr. “The NBA is the highest level of basketball on the planet and remains a big dream for me. The Kings’ interest honors me, and I want to thank them for that”. He then added that, “I must also respect the fact that Panathinaikos wanted me to return playing for them in the upcoming season. After all these, I am 100% devoted in leading the efforts of Panathinaikos to return on the top of Greece and Europe”.
Sean Cunningham: Kings head coach Dave Joerger is on hand in Vegas to watch DeMarcus Cousins with USA Basketball & Willie Cauley-Stein w/ Select Team
The Sacramento Kings have added two members to Head Coach Dave Joerger’s staff, naming Bob Thornton an assistant coach and Larry Lewis as a player development coach. Thornton arrives in Sacramento with more than 30 years of basketball experience as a player, coach and personnel scout, having spent the previous five seasons in Memphis alongside Joerger after four years as an advance scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2007-2011). His coaching resume includes two seasons as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls (2002-04) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2005-07) and as head coach for the Huntsville Flight of the NBA D-League (2001-02) and the Continental Basketball Association’s Quad City Thunder (2000-01).
Jason Jones: Kings are hopeful a new coach, Vlade Divac hiring Ken Cantanella and Vivek Ranadive taking a step back show free agents dysfunctional days are the past. There are still skeptics around the league about the Kings. It goes back to the old “Show and Prove” motto for them.