Thursday May 5th, 2016

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Kevin McHale has withdrawn his name from consideration in the search for a new Sacramento Kings head coach, reports ESPN's Marc Stein.

McHale had exploratory discussions with the Kings late last month. 

Sacramento fired head coach George Karl after the team completed its 2015–16 season with a 33–49 record and missed the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season.

The Kings are expected to interview Jeff Hornacek, Mark Jackson and David Blatt for the coaching vacancy this week.

The team is also reportedly considering former Bulls and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, former Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell, current Hornets assistant coach Patrick Ewing, Clippers assistant Mike Woodson and Kings assistant Corliss Williamson.

Following Thursday's announcement that Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel would not be retained, team president Larry Bird said that McHale would not be a candidate for the opening. 

“I would not do that to Kevin, to have him work for me. That’s not fair. I respect him too much,” Bird said.

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