Petrie wanted the three candidates – Westphal, Rambis and Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau – to agree to terms on a contract on Monday before an offer was extended, sources said. This way, the Kings wouldn’t offer the job to someone who might reject it.
THis story makes it sound very much like Westphal was a 2nd - maybe even 3rd - choice. Personally, I see it as being a close race with the contract terms being the element to establish the winner.
Full story is here.