NBA Notes: Kings Fire Karl; Wizards Won't Renew Wittman

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - 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 with a 33-49 record. Karl was given a four-year contract when he was hired in February 2015 to replace Tyrone Corbin but never worked out and finished 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.

Wizards: Team won't pick up Wittman's option
WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards say they will not pick up their option on Randy Wittman's contract and he is out as their coach after failing to make the playoffs this season.

The team announced the move Thursday.

Wittman was told he would not be back after the team's final game, a 109-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Washington finished 41-41 and 10th in the Eastern Conference. Wittman had coached the team to the second round of the playoffs each of the previous two seasons.

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld says "the inconsistency of the team's performance and effort" is why "a coaching change was needed."

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