December 12, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone (center) instructs during the first quarter of the open practice at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mike Malone Agrees To Become Head Coach of Sacramento Kings

Former Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone has agreed in principle to take over the Sacramento Kings’ head coaching job on a four-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Wojnarowski later reported that the fourth year of the contract is a team option, which, if picked up, could bring the value of it to more than $9 million, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Malone was bound to wind up in Sacramento. On May 23, Peter Vecsey (via CSN Bay Area) reported that he was a “lock” to become Sacramento’s head coach.

Vivek Ranadive, a minority owner of the Warriors, has connections within the Warriors’ organization, which increased the Kings’ odds of landing Malone, who was also pursued by the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers.

Of course, Ranadive will have to drop his ownership role with the Warriors now that he’s with the Kings. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reported that Ranadive owned about 10 percent of the Warriors.

According to Wojnarowski, Malone is expected to hire his father, Brendan Malone, to be one of his assistant coaches.


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