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The agents for DeMarcus Cousins – Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana – have no issues with Karl taking over as head coach and only wanted clarification on the franchise's repeated changing of direction in its coaching search plans this season, sources said. The Kings had initially planned to let Corbin coach the rest of the season, and then conduct a full search of candidates in April. Fegan and Akana were surprised over the timing of another coaching change, especially after they had been assured at the time of Malone's departure the franchise would wait until the offseason to conduct a full search of candidates, sources said. Along with Cousins himself, Fegan and Akana were proponents of Malone and had been against ownership's decision to destabilize the team and fire the coach early in the season. Yahoo! Sports

The Sacramento Kings made significant progress on a deal with coach George Karl on Sunday, when the once-sizable gap between the two sides on salary and length of contract was narrowed and confidence rose that a workable deal could be done. According to three people with knowledge of the situation, the last hurdle in a possible partnership was the complicated component relating to the team's star player, center DeMarcus Cousins. Yet as of Sunday evening, there were signs that the resistance from Cousins' camp was waning and that the two sides could be nearing a deal. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the process. USA Today Sports

February 8, 2015 Updates

The Sacramento Kings continued their talks with coach George Karl on Sunday, when the once-sizable gap between the two sides on salary and length of contract was narrowed and confidence rose that a workable deal could be done. According to three people with knowledge of the situation, the last hurdle in a possible partnership is the complicated component relating to the team's star player, center DeMarcus Cousins. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the process. USA Today Sports

Cousins' agents, Dan Fegan and Jarrin Akana, have been adamantly opposed to Karl's hiring. But general manager Pete D'Alessandro appears to be willing to make the move without their consent. If that remains the case, and if Kings owner Vivek Ranadive approves as well, then the Kings may be on the verge of fixing what's broken with their fractured basketball team. D'Alessandro was expected to discuss the situation with Cousins' representatives on Sunday afternoon. As it were, one of them told The Sacramento Bee on Sunday that they were not blocking the hiring. "Make the move; we don't run the team," the representative who was not identified by name reportedly said. USA Today Sports

Sam Amick: On Kings/George Karl front, I'm told deal isn't dead but still plenty of work to be done if it's going to happen. Cousins camp factor is real. Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro still pushing hard to hire Karl. He's expected to talk with DeMarcus' reps later today; that will be crucial. And say what you will, but there's a reason the Kings fear how franchise centerpiece will react if George Karl is hired. It's not fiction. Twitter @sam_amick

Karl's personal past with a number of influential members in and around the Kings organization remains relevant as well, as he previously coached Kings advisor Chris Mullin and has history with the two agents who represent franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins as well. Cousins' day-to-day agent, Jarrin Akana, worked with Karl in Denver and was re-assigned from assistant coach to scout when Karl took over for coach Jeff Bzdelik in 2005. Dan Fegan, Cousins' lead agent, represented Karl's son, Coby, as a player for years before he was eventually replaced. That circle, by all accounts, has been against the notion of adding Karl. To that end, D'Alessandro's ability to change their minds is key here as well. While it appears D'Alessandro is endorsing Karl with or without the support of his team's top player or his representatives, he would prefer to have agreement on that front if Ranadive ultimately approves the hiring. There is some concern within the organization, however, that hiring Karl could create substantive conflict going forward when it comes to Cousins. USA Today Sports

The Kings’ front office remained in talks with longtime NBA coach George Karl to take over as the team’s head coach this season, league sources said Saturday. And according to various reports, the biggest obstacle to a deal is DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento Bee

The Kings’ front office has had reservations about Karl for some time, especially as to how he’d work with Cousins. The center’s representatives at Relativity Sports also expressed concerns about Karl, according to league sources. That puts Cousins squarely in the middle of the situation with the Kings having misgivings about a coach who might rile up their star player, though Cousins does not believe he has such influence. Sacramento Bee

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