Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone has agreed to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.
BANG has confirmed early reports that Malone agreed to a four-year year contract with the Kings, now owned by former Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive.
“I think just like all our coaches, he had a huge impact on this team,” said rookie forward Draymond Green. “One thing we had was a great balance of everybody bringing something to the table. I think coach Malone is a great X’s and O’s guy and also connects with players. He will have great success as a head coach and we wish him the best of luck.”
Malone had been a viable head coaching candidate for the last three offseasons. The son of long-time coach Brendan Malone, he was hired as an assistant shortly after Golden State hired Mark Jackson in June 2011.
In his two seasons as Jackson’s top assistant, he developed a reputation as the strategist on the Warriors’ bench.