Vinny Del Negro Rumors
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).
The Kings coaching search is heating up, but it’s a long ways from being done. Sam Mitchell came through Sacramento last week and multiple sources have confirmed to CSN California that Vinny Del Negro was in town to interview for the Kings coaching vacancy on Monday. But Vlade Divac is just getting started.
Jason Jones: Can confirm @The Vertical report regarding Del Negro interview w/ Kings. Team still plans to look into several more candidates
The Sacramento Kings interviewed Vinny Del Negro for the franchise’s head-coaching job on Monday, league sources told The Vertical. Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson is expected to meet with Kings officials as soon as Tuesday for an interview, league sources said.
The Kings have reached out to several candidates, according to league sources. After Mitchell, the Kings intend to meet with former head coaches Vinny Del Negro, likely next week, and Jeff Hornacek.
Mark Jackson, Vinny Del Negro and Sam Mitchell are the first three candidates scheduled to interview for the Sacramento Kings’ vacant coaching position, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings, who have been openly planning a deliberate search for George Karl’s replacement, have lined up sit-downs with Jackson and Del Negro as well as Mitchell, whose stint as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ interim coach came to an abrupt end last week after the Wolves’ regular-season finale.