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December 17, 2014 Updates
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Chris Mannix: The Kings have contacted Vinny Del Negro about its head coaching vacancy, per league sources. Del Negro led Bulls, Clippers to the playoffs. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

Sources told ESPN.com that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has spent much of the last 24 hours lobbying Mullin to replace the fired Mike Malone despite his lack of NBA coaching experience. But sources say Mullin has reservations about making such a leap in the middle of the season, without the benefit of training camp or the time to assemble a veteran-laden coaching staff like Steve Kerr has as a rookie head coach at Golden State. ESPN.com

According to Kings and industry sources, Mullin will replace Mike Malone, who was fired Sunday by the by the team. “He wants to coach like Don Nelson,’’ a source told NBC 4 New York in confirming the move. “Chris wants to be unconventional in his approach. He’s not going to call a play on every possession.’’ NBC New York

At this point, it will be a surprise if Mullin, 51, who has never been a coach, does not accept the post, sources said. Until Mullin accepts the job, interim head coach Tyrone Corbin will lead the team. NBC New York

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