Doc Rivers, Dave Joerger expected to return to respective teams
L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger are both expected to return to their respective teams for next season, despite neither making the playoffs in 2017-18, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.
Rivers’ Clippers lost their last four games of the season and six of their last seven, ultimately costing them a fight for the playoffs, finishing in 10th place in the West. The man at the helm was rumored to be among the potential candidates for the New York Knicks coaching job, which recently became vacant after the team fired Jeff Hornacek last night upon arriving in The Big Apple.
The Kings finished 12th in the West with a 27-55 record in a year that was meant to be the start of a rebuilding process — bringing in veterans like George Hill, Zach Randolph, and Vince Carter to mentor the likes of De’Aaron Fox, Frank Mason III, Justin Jackson, and other young players.
Both coaches have a good reputation in the league and could be in the line for jobs if their teams chose to part ways with them.
Joerger agreed to a four-year deal with Sacramento in 2016, while Rivers netted $50 million for a five-year deal as the head coach and president of basketball operations in 2014, though the latter role was ceded to Lawrence Frank in the summer.