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Even Karl admits he's not sure how to read all the tea leaves when it comes to all those prior relationships and how they affect his chances at the Kings job, but he's still hopeful that Sacramento might be the next coaching stop. 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. USA Today Sports

"You know, there's too many guys in Sacramento who I know (to not have spoken about their situation)," said Karl, whose son, Coby, was represented by Cousins' primary agent, Dan Fegan, for years and who once had Cousins' day-to-day agent, Jarrin Akana, reassigned from Nuggets assistant coach to Nuggets scout when he took over for coach Jeff Bzdelik in 2005. "There's obviously been communication. 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." USA Today Sports

His history with Mullin is ancient, to be sure, but still part of this picture that even Karl isn't quite sure what to make of. And as Mullin's title (advisor to the chairman) clearly indicates, he is known to have serious sway with second-year Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive and D'Alessandro. Mullin, who some believe is interested in coaching the team next season, played under Karl early in his career for the Golden State Warriors when both men were going through a tough time in their respective lives. They got off to a good start, with Golden State making the playoffs for the first time in a decade in the 1986-87 campaign that Karl's first with the Warriors and Mullin's second in the NBA. But it all fell apart in the following season, as Mullin was out for a month as he went through an alcohol rehabilitation program and the then-35-year-old Karl resigned when a flurry of trades and Mullin's absence led to the Warriors losing 48 of 64 games. USA Today Sports

There could be unexpected candidates who become available, too, coaches like Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City) and Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) who could find themselves on the hot seat this season and who would certainly be of interest to the Kings. Alvin Gentry — the Golden State Warriors associate head coach who has been a head coach for the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns — is also expected to be a candidate. Coincidentally, Gentry interviewed for the Kings' lead assistant job under Malone last summer before ultimately deciding to join the Warriors and partner with head coach Steve Kerr. Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been discussed internally as well, and even had an informal visit with Mullin, D'Alessandro and Cousins at Sleep Train Arena on Dec. 17 that lasted nearly two hours, but his chances at the job appear to be minimal. USA Today Sports

January 20, 2015 Updates

After his second consecutive DNP-CD on Monday night (Did Not Play -- Coach's Decision), Kings rookie Nik Stauskas tweeted out an emoji of a pencil and pad. Perhaps Stauskas is taking notes from the bench? The Canadian’s rocky start in the NBA has included trade rumors, as first reported by CBS Sports. CSNBayArea.com

January 19, 2015 Updates

With 17 of 30 NBA franchises affiliated with one lower-tier club now, the expanding partnerships are allowing the D-League to become a melting pot for innovation. Arseneault and his father, David Arseneault Sr., got the attention of the Kings in 2012 when Jack Taylor scored an NCAA-record 138 points in Grinnell's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible. Arseneault Jr. was the de facto head coach the past few years, though his dad held the official title. Now he has the Bighorns averaging 140 points per game in what has simply become known as The System. The general principles are to shoot within 12 seconds, apply a full-court pressure defense, substitute all five players every couple of minutes and attempt a ton of 3-pointers. "Organized chaos," he calls it. USA Today Sports

January 18, 2015 Updates

Kings rookie Eric Moreland has been sidelined since early January after shoulder surgery. But that doesn't mean the veterans on the team are taking it easy on him. He got a surprise when he got to his car after Saturday's loss to the Clippers, and posted a photo to Instagram. CSNBayArea.com

 

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