The Sacramento Kings are currently operating under the premise that George Karl will assume head coaching duties after the NBA All-Star break, according to a report from Marc Stein and Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Though the team has yet to announce a deal, sources told Stein and Broussard that only a severe and unanticipated breakdown in negotiations could prevent Karl from taking the position at this point.
Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report reported on Wednesday that the Kings offered Karl a contract to become the team's head coach.
On Sunday, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the two sides were close to a deal and that it was the ownership's decision whether to hire Karl. It was previously reported that a deal was unlikely because of a lack of support from DeMarcus Cousins and his representatives.
Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears reports that Kings interim head coach Tyrone Corbin has been told he will coach the two games going into the All-Star break.
Karl, 63, most recently coached the Denver Nuggets for eight seasons before he was fired in 2013. He is No. 6 on the league's all-time victory list with 1,131 wins and has 25 years of head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Bucks, SuperSonics, Warriors and Cavaliers.
Corbin has been the Kings' coach since they fired Mike Malone in December following an 11-13 start to the season.
The Kings are 18-32 on the season and have won just seven of 26 games since firing Malone. They play at the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
- Paul Palladino