Kevin McHale Rumors
Point being, he could take time off (and continue with his television commentary work) while being paid handsomely, or he could join this organization that has now been through eight coaches since parting ways with Rick Adelman back in 2006. Not to mention, of course, the challenge that comes with coaching the wildly-talented-but-exhausting DeMarcus Cousins. That being said, that line of communication with Divac remains open enough that the two sides are expected to speak again about the position.
According to a person with knowledge of the Kings’ situation, they have already spoken to at least four candidates about their head coaching vacancy and still hope to connect with several more candidates before they’re done. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the process. The Kings, who fired George Karl on April 14 after they finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs for the 10th consecutive time, are known to have interviewed Vinny Del Negro (former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers coach), Mike Woodson (former Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks coach; now an assistant with the Clippers), Sam Mitchell (former Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves coach) and Kevin McHale (former Timberwolves and Houston Rockets coach).
Hall of Fame big man and former Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has already had exploratory conversations with the Kings brass. He is well liked within the organization and thought by many to be a front runner for the position.
Sources told ESPN.com that Kings general manager Vlade Divac, while still in the early stages of what is expected to be a broad search, has sounded out McHale about his potential interest after the former Houston Rockets coach was fired just 11 games into the current season.