HoopsHype Coaching rumors

December 17, 2014 Updates

Chris Mullin is resisting the invitation to make an in-season move from an advisory role to the bench of the Sacramento Kings, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has spent much of the past 24 hours lobbying Mullin to replace the fired Mike Malone despite his lack of NBA coaching experience. But sources say Mullin has reservations about making such a leap in the middle of the season, without the benefit of training camp or the time to assemble a veteran-laden coaching staff like Steve Kerr has as a rookie head coach at Golden State. ESPN.com

Sources say that Mullin, in recent months, has expressed some interest to associates about trying his hand at coaching down the road. But if he can ultimately be persuaded to take the Kings job, sources say, chances are far greater that it would happen going into next season. ESPN.com

The Sacramento Kings have contacted Vinny Del Negro about the team’s coaching position, according to league sources. Del Negro is a career 210-184 in coaching stints with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers. In 2013, his last season with L.A., Del Negro won 56 games. He was fired after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and was replaced by Doc Rivers. Sports Illustrated

December 16, 2014 Updates

Chris Mannix: The Kings have contacted Vinny Del Negro about its head coaching vacancy, per league sources. Del Negro led Bulls, Clippers to the playoffs. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

Sources told ESPN.com that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has spent much of the last 24 hours lobbying Mullin to replace the fired Mike Malone despite his lack of NBA coaching experience. But sources say Mullin has reservations about making such a leap in the middle of the season, without the benefit of training camp or the time to assemble a veteran-laden coaching staff like Steve Kerr has as a rookie head coach at Golden State. ESPN.com

According to Kings and industry sources, Mullin will replace Mike Malone, who was fired Sunday by the by the team. “He wants to coach like Don Nelson,’’ a source told NBC 4 New York in confirming the move. “Chris wants to be unconventional in his approach. He’s not going to call a play on every possession.’’ NBC New York

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