After several days of intense negotiations, George Karl has agreed to take over as Kings head coach after this weekend’s NBA All-Star break, the Sacramento Bee has learned. An official announcement is expected within the next few days. Terms of the deal were not available, though Karl was seeking a four-year contract in excess of $4 million per season. Team executives are postponing the formal media session to avoid detracting from center DeMarcus Cousins’ All-Star debut Sunday in New York. Karl’s first game will be Feb. 20, against Boston in Sacramento. Karl, 63, replaces Tyrone Corbin, who led the Kings to a 7-21 record since taking over after Michael Malone was fired on Dec. 14. The Kings, who started the season a surprising 9-5, are 18-34 after Wednesday’s loss at Milwaukee. – Sacramento Bee
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