The Kings are expected to formally announce this move at some point this weekend, as their general manager, Vlade Divac, is expected to meet with their soon to be head man. That man, Walton, reportedly left on his own will from the Lakers, as the two are said to have mutually agreed to part ways just two days ago. He spent three seasons as their head coach and never made the playoffs, going 98-148 in his tenure with them. He is coming off a 35-47 season in LeBron James' first season with the Lakers, who have now missed the playoffs in six consecutive seasons.
The Kings finished 39-43 this season, led by young talent such as De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield. Unfortunately, that was not enough to save Joerger's job, as well as the job of assistant general manager Brandon Williams, despite it being their highest win total since the 2005-2006 season. They also averaged 114.2 points per game, good for ninth in the NBA, which was an increase of 15.4 points per game from the 2017-2018 campaign. Divac's decision to fire Williams and Joerger was labeled as a "power move" by NBA insiders, but he was quick to move on, as he hopes Walton will be the one to lead their young talent to a playoff spot in the West as soon as next season.