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George Karl Out As Sacramento Kings Head Coach

David Zalubowski / AP

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl smiles as he walks off the court after the Kings defeated the Denver Nuggets 115-106 in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Denver.

David Zalubowski / AP

The Sacramento Kings have fired coach George Karl after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Thursday, a day after the Kings wrapped up another disappointing season. The team was not as successful as management had hoped and finished with a 33-49 record.

In the final weeks of the season, the Kings did not play several of their best players.

Karl was given a four-year contract when he was hired in February 2015 to replace Tyrone Corbin. Karl finishes his time in Sacramento with a 44-68 mark.

Karl was unable to improve the team's defense, had frequent run-ins with star center DeMarcus Cousins and faced questions about his status as far back as November.

There are several coaches with recent success on the NBA level who are available. Tom Thibodeau, formerly of the Bulls, Scott Brooks, formerly of the Oklahoma City Thunder and a former assistant for the Kings, and former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale.

Divac will hold a press conference at 1:15 p.m.