After the controversial firing of former head coach Mike Malone, the Sacramento Kings have been connected to several big names as they search for a permanent replacement.
While the team is still reportedly giving interim head coach Tyrone Corbin a fair shake to win the job, sources tell NBC's Pro Basketball Talk that the Kings are extremely interested in hiring George Karl, although they remain hesitant about paying Karl's expected price tag of $5 million or more.
As for the much-publicized closed-door meeting with former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson? PBT's Aaron Bruski cites sources which indicate that the meeting won't lead to Jackson taking over in California's capital:
Sources tell PBT that Jackson has “no chance” of being the Kings’ next coach, adding that the meeting was both personal in nature and mutually beneficial for all parties – sending Karl a message at the negotiating table and for Jackson, keeping his name in the news as a future head coaching candidate.
Karl has made his desire to coach the Sacramento Kings well known, giving GM Pete D'Alessandro and owner Vivek Ranadive a chance to work their way out of the coaching mess that Malone's firing has put them in...if they're willing to pony up the cash to get a deal done.
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