Source: Kings Add Mike Malone To List Of Coaching Candidates
Sources: While the Kings are looking at Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone as their next head coach, they're not alone. Malone is also on the radar of the Clippers and 76ers. Of those three teams, the Clippers are by far the most attractive. Where the Sixers sit on the list depends upon what their approach next season is. One source suggested the Sixers could decide to be ultra-conservative on the free-agent market this summer, let another $12 million or more drop off their payroll and position themselves for the Andrew Wiggins' sweepstakes next summer. If ownership has the patience, I'd have to think that's the way new GM Sam Hinkie would want to go -- work off a cleaner palette -- but that's a far less inviting way for a coach to start his tenure, especially a first-timer. (See Dunlap, Mike.) Then again, the Kings aren't exactly a dream scenario for a young coach, either. It's easy to forget, but Mark Jackson was under a lot of scrutiny his first year with the Warriors, checkered roster notwithstanding -- and Malone was there to witness it firsthand.