Sacramento Kings News: George Karl A Top Head Coaching Candidate Barring A Playoff Push?

After impressing early in the 2014-15 NBA season, the Sacramento Kings have been in absolute freefall mode since the firing of head coach Michael Malone.

With the Kings nine games out of a playoff spot in a stacked NBA Western Conference heading into play Sunday, the likelihood of interim head coach Tyrone Corbin being retained in that position after the summer is slim to nil.

Per USA Today's Sam Amick, as for the Kings' plans, a person with knowledge of their situation told USA TODAY Sports that – barring an unexpected playoff push by Corbin — Karl is likely to be among the candidates who receive consideration this summer. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the coaching search process."

Several other sources are indicating that Karl would be a top candidate for the opening, but Karl isn't letting on if he knows that.

"There's obviously been communication," Karl said. "But have they ever talked to me about being the head coach? We've talked around it, but we've probably never talked about that situation. Do I feel I'm on their list? Yes, but I think they made it very clear when they made the decision to give Corbin the opportunity to coach that that was what they were going to do."

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