Following the NBA’s 2015-16 regular season, the Sacramento Kings relieved coach George Karl of his duties.
Karl is one of 14 coaches to vacate their position this season. Here’s a look at the NBA’s coaching carousel this season.
OUT: George Karl
He was fired after 1 1/2 seasons with Sacramento. The Hall of Fame coach was 44-68 overall with the Kings, including a 33-49 record this season.
Several candidates have interviewed or will be interviewed for the position, including Vinny Del Negro, Patrick Ewing, Sam Mitchell and Mike Woodson, to name a few. The Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin reports that recently fired Memphis coach David Joerger will interview Sunday.
OUT: Tony Brown
A journeyman as a player, Brown was the interim coach in Brooklyn following Lionel Hollins’ firing 37 games into the season. Brown was 11-34 with the Nets. His contract was not renewed.
IN: Kenny Atkinson
Atkinson will take on his first head-coaching position at the end of the Hawks’ season. He’s been an assistant with Atlanta since 2012. Before that, he was an assistant with the New York Knicks (2008-12).
OUT: David Blatt
After 1 1/2 seasons that included a trip to the NBA Finals, Blatt was surprisingly fired midseason despite leading the Cavaliers to a 30-11 record, which was the best record in the Eastern Conference at the time.
IN: Tyronn Lue
Lue was an assistant under Blatt. In his first head-coaching role, he led the Cavaliers to a 27-14 regular-season record and has Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals after a sweep of the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
OUT: J.B. Bickerstaff
Bickerstaff got his first head-coaching role on an interim basis after Houston fired Kevin McHale just 11 games into the season. Bickerstaff led the Rockets to a 37-34 record and the playoffs. Following Houston’s first-round exit, Bickerstaff and the Rockets mutually agreed to a split.
According to ESPN, the Rockets have interviewed Chris Finch, Sam Cassell and Mike D’Antoni, among others. Jeff Hornacek and Stephen Silas are expected to interview as well.
OUT: Frank Vogel
Vogel was let go after six seasons with the Pacers. He led Indiana to the postseason five times, including back-to-back losses in the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and ’14. He was 250-181 in the regular season and 31-30 in the playoffs.
Fox Sports reports that Pacers President Larry Bird is considering Mike D’Antoni, David Blatt and Jeff Hornacek as replacements for Vogel.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
OUT: Byron Scott
Scott was fired after the Lakers finished a franchise-worst 17-65 this season. In two seasons with Los Angeles, the Lakers were 38-126. Scott has also coached in Cleveland, New Orleans and New Jersey, where he led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals appearances. Both were losses.
IN: Luke Walton
Walton is getting his first head-coaching job on the strength of leading the Golden State Warriors to a 39-4 record while coach Steve Kerr was out due to injury.
OUT: David Joerger
Joerger was fired Saturday in a surprising move after three seasons and three consecutive playoff appearances, The Associated Press reports. Joerger was with Memphis since before the 2007-08 season and was promoted to replace Lionel Hollins after the Grizzlies were swept in the Western Conference finals in 2013. Joerger is 147-99 overall, 9-13 in the postseason.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Frank Vogel is widely considered a top candidate to replace fired Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, but the franchise will consider other veteran coaches, including David Blatt, Brian Shaw, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy.
OUT: Sam Mitchell
Mitchell took over in the interim after coach Flip Saunders’ death on Oct. 25, 2015, from complications with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The Timberwolves went 29-53, then Mitchell was relieved of his duties. Mitchell has interviewed for the Kings’ vacancy.
IN: Tom Thibodeau
After five successful years in Chicago, the Bulls fired Thibodeau following the 2014-15 season. He was 255-139 there and made the playoffs each season. The Bulls made the Eastern Conference finals his first year but never got past the conference semifinals after that. In Minnesota, Thibodeau will also be the president of basketball operations.
NEW YORK KNICKS
OUT: Derek Fisher
Fisher was fired during the season after a 1-9 span dropped the Knicks to 22-31. Over 1 1/2 seasons, Fisher was 40-96 in his first head-coaching job.
Kurt Rambis took over for Fisher in the interim, leading the Knicks to 9-19. Rambis has also coached the Lakers and Timberwolves. Rambis has not received the permanent job yet, nor has he been relieved of his duties.
OUT: Jeff Hornacek
Hornacek was fired midway through his third season as the coach in Phoenix, which was 14-35 at the time of his dismissal. Overall, he compiled a 101-112 record, including 48 wins in his first season when the Suns just missed the playoffs.
IN: Earl Watson
Watson took over in the interim and went 9-24. The Arizona Republic reported on April 19 that Watson was hired as the team’s coach, shedding the interim label.
OUT: Randy Wittman
Wittman led Washington for 4 1/2 seasons and reached the postseason twice. After a .500 season in 2015-16, he was fired. He’s also been the head coach in Cleveland and Minnesota.
IN: Scott Brooks
In seven seasons with Oklahoma City, Brooks led the Thunder to a 338-207 record and was 39-34 in five postseason appearances, including losing to Miami in the 2011-12 NBA Finals. He was fired after the Thunder missed the playoffs in 2014-15. Brooks was an assistant with the Kings in 2006-07.
Compiled by Noel Harris