Report: New Kings owner eyes Warriors assistant Mike Malone as head coach

Saturday May 25th, 2013

(Rocky Widner/Getty Images) Golden State assistant coach Mike Malone is reportedly being targeted for the Sacramento Kings' head coaching job. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Former Golden State Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive, now the presumptive Sacramento Kings primary owner, is turning to his old team in the Kings' search for a new head coach.

Ranadive has added Warriors assistant Mike Malone to Sacramento's list of potential candidates for the job, according to's Ric Bucher.

Keith Smart remains the Kings' head coach -- even representing the team at Tuesday's NBA Draft lottery -- but is expected to be let go along with lead basketball executive Geoff Petrie now that the Maloof family has agreed to sell the team.

Malone, a former Hornets, Cavaliers and Knicks assistant, is considered one of the top candidates ready to make the jump from assistant to head coach.

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