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UPDATE 1:39 P.M. EST

George Karl will apparently stay on as the Sacramento Kings’ head coach — contrary to multiple reports from late Monday and early Tuesday — after he had a heart-to-heart with General Manager Vlade Divac on Tuesday.

The biggest issue, apparently, is the team’s defense. The Kings rank 25th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing 106.1 points per 100 possessions.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Divac was the driving force behind keeping Karl around.

ORIGINAL POST

The messy marriage between George Karl and the Sacramento Kings looks to be coming to an end.

Fifth on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list, Karl was hired midway through last season with the stated purpose of giving the long-awful Kings some stability, or at least some watchability. But Karl almost immediately began squabbling with Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive over DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings’ lone standout. Karl wanted to trade him, Ranadive said no, and it got to the point where Cousins was cursing out Karl in the locker room after games, leading to team meetings and hand-wringing and other signs of a team in disarray. Oh, and there’s a 21-31 record after four straight losses, with the Kings giving up at least 120 points in their last three (they gave up 128 points on Friday to the Nets, owners of one of the league’s worst offenses).

And now this: Point guard Rajon Rondo said Monday that only “three or four guys” show up to the team’s optional shootarounds.

The Kings being the Kings, forward Caron Butler immediately took to Twitter to call someone — either Rondo or Jones, who covers the team for the Sacramento Bee — a liar.

Jones also is reporting that Karl’s days are numbered and that he’ll be gone before the end of the All-Star Break. Sacramento’s last game before the break is Wednesday in Philadelphia.