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Coach Michael Malone understood last season would be a transition for Gay, but he expects the forward will be better this season. “I’m looking for him to be more of a leader next year. I am looking for him to be a better defender next year,” Malone said. “And we’ve already talked about and he said it on his own: ‘Coach, last year I held the ball too much. I’ve got to get off the ball. I’ve got to make a play quicker.’ The fact that he’s committed to us and he saw enough good things to opt into that final year I think speaks for the whole organization.” Sacramento Bee

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Former Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin has reached an agreement to become the lead assistant for Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hire had not yet been announced. USA Today Sports

Corbin — who spent the last four seasons as Jazz coach, the previous seven as an assistant under legendary Utah coach Jerry Sloan and 16 seasons as an NBA player — will join a Kings team that went 28-54 in Malone's first season. Malone's Sacramento tenure began with his father, longtime NBA coach Brendan Malone, as his lead assistant, but he left unexpectedly before the regular season even began. Assistant coach Chris Jent had assumed the duties last season and remains on staff. USA Today Sports

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Sacramento Kings officials are bringing two Hall of Famers to meet forward Rudy Gay early next week in hopes of convincing him to exercise the option in his contract for next season, sources told Yahoo Sports. Gay has to decide by June 30 whether to exercise a contract option that will pay him $19.3 million next season. Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, a former Kings star, are expected to join Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro and head coach Michael Malone when they meet with Gay. Yahoo! Sports

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“When you think of Rick Adelman, you think of ‘corners,’ ” Kings coach Michael Malone said the other day. “Honestly, it’s something we’ve talked about implementing next year because of DeMarcus’ (Cousins) ability to pass and face up.” But back to being fragile. For all Adelman’s success, his career to some extent has been decimated by player injuries. Webber’s knee in Sacramento. Tracy McGrady’s knee and Yao Ming’s feet in Houston. Ricky Rubio’s knee and assorted ailments suffered by Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic in Minnesota; the T-wolves will have missed the postseason in each of Adelman’s three seasons coaching the team. Sacramento Bee

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