The Sacramento Kings have signed Tyrone Corbin to a contract to coach through the remainder of the season, as first reported by James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom. Ham reports the contract was signed about a week ago. The signing seems to indicate that the Kings will not be hiring another coach mid-season, and will instead let Corbin finish the year. Many Kings fans had hoped the Kings would hire George Karl, as fans have been unhappy with abrupt firing of Michael Malone and poor play of the team under Corbin. Since Malone's firing, the team has played with lackluster effort en route to a 2-5 record.
Signing Corbin to a contract doesn't preclude the Kings from still making a midseason hire, but the odds are growing continually worse. The Kings may be hesitant to sign another coach midseason as they're still on the hook for Malone contract, but Kings ownership has shown a general willingness to spend money to improve the team.
Ultimately, this news is sure to cause of a lot of unhappiness among Kings fans, and it would be great if the front office shed some light on the situation. Management is in difficult position, though, as they don't want to paint Corbin as a lame-duck coach even if that seems to be fairly obvious already.