The Kings are set to fire George Karl.
The Kings are unlikely to have success pursuing the top coaches on the market, which include Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks. None of the three has interest in the Kings job, league sources said.
The Kings will be working from a list that will include Vinny Del Negro, Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, Atlanta Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, sources said.
I don’t blame anyone for avoiding this job.
Who’d want to work under Vivek Ranadivé and Vlade Divac? Who’d want to manage a locker room where DeMarcus Cousins sets the tone?
The Kings have been a nightmare for coaches. We’ll see which teams make a change, but this might be the least desirable job available this offseason.
But it’s still an NBA head-coaching job, and there are just 30 of those. Sacramento will find somebody among up-and-coming assistants and retread former head coaches. Perhaps, the Kings even unearth a gem.
But then it will be on ownership and management to support that coach. History suggests that won’t go well – which is why this search is limited, which makes it harder to hire a good coach. It’s a vicious cycle.