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Kings fire coach Dave Joerger after three seasons

Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger reacts to a call during a Nov. 9, 2018 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Sergio Estrada / USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger was fired Thursday after three seasons, the team announced.

"After evaluating the season, I determined that we need to move in a different direction in order to take us to the next level," general manager Vlade Divac said. "On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I want to thank Dave for his contributions to our team and I wish him all the best."

Joerger led the Kings to a 39-43 record this season after a 30-26 start and finished in ninth place in the NBA's Western Conference. It was their best record since 2005-06 -- the last time they qualified for the playoffs.

The 45-year-old Joerger, who attended high school in Staples, Minn., played college basketball at Concordia College from 1993 to 1994 and at Minnesota State Moorhead from 1996 to 1997. He coached the Dakota Wizards in Bismarck and the Sioux Falls Skyforce before becoming an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2007.

Joerger, 45, has six years of NBA head coaching experience, the first three with Memphis (2013-16) and the next three in Sacramento. His overall coaching record is 245-247 and 98-148 with the Kings.

His dismissal came on the same day that Divac and the Kings agreed to a four-year contract through the 2022-23 season, according to The Athletic.