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Former Jazz Coach Igor Kokoskov Joining Sacramento As Assistant

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Utah Jazz assistant coach Igor Kokoskov has been hired by the Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach.

Kokoskov was recently fired by the Phoenix Suns as their head coach after one season with the franchise and finishing with a 19-63 record. He was fired on April 22.

That was his first head coaching job in his long career which started in 1992 overseas.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the move from Phoenix to Sacramento.

Kokoskov will join Luke Walton, who parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers in May and one day later was hired by the Kings to be their next head coach.

The former Jazz assistant has coached with Missouri, the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Serbia and Montenegro, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz. He has also been the head coach of the Georgia and Slovenia national teams, most recently with Slovenia from 2016-17, winning a gold medal in the EuroBasket tournament in 2017.

Sacramento finished the season with a 39-43 record and was ninth in the Western Conference standings. They fired Dave Joerger after the season. The team holds the longest playoff drought in the league at 13 seasons, their last appearance in the postseason was in 2006.