It appears Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone, who has been in the running for head coaching jobs each of the last three offseasons, appears to be in line for the Sacramento job.
The NBA announced Tuesday the Board of Governors approved the sale of the Kings to the group lead by Vivek Ranadive, minority owner of the Warriors. But the new ownership group has already been scouting new people to lead its franchise, so GM Geoff Petrie and head coach Keith Smart are expected to be out. Malone is reportedly a strong candidate to replace him, with one report calling him a “lock.”
<blockquote><p>Mike Malone is a living lock 2B Kings’ head coach, I’m informed. Don’t know time frame of announcement, but go to sleep on it happening.</p>— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) <a href=”https://twitter.com/PeterVecsey1/status/339421767506477056″>May 28, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Warriors sources confirmed the reports that Malone is a serious candidate. One source said it wasn’t official but “it looks like it’s heading that direction.”
Current assistant coach Pete Myers is next in line to be the top assistant. But one of the sources said bringing in an outside coach to be Jackson’s No. 1 is not out of the question. Jackson will be the sole decider on his assistant coaches, one source said.