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Kings bringing in Mark Jackson, Vinny Del Negro and Sam Mitchell for interviews

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Earlier today we heard from the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski that the Kings had sought (and were granted) permission to interview Clippers' assistant coach Mike Woodson about their coaching vacancy.  Now, ESPN's Marc Stein has a few more names to add to the list of candidates coming to Sacramento for a chat with Vlade.

The first two names aren't much of a surprise, as both Jackson and Del Negro have been rumored candidates since before George Karl was even fired.  Woj also mentioned Del Negro in an updated version of his article reporting the Woodson interview.  Sam Mitchell is a bit surprising though, but I guess the Kings are being thorough.  Mitchell was recently let go by the Minnesota Timberwolves who are conducting their own coaching search.

Mark Jackson coached the Golden State Warriors for three years with a combined record of 121-109, leading them to the playoffs in the final two years.  He was replaced by Steve Kerr after butting heads with just about everyone in Oakland and losing in the first round to the L.A. Clippers after a second round finish the prior year.

Vinny Del Negro, a former second round pick of the Sacramento Kings, has five years coaching experience with a total record of 210-84.  He most recently coached the L.A. Clippers to a 56-26 record in the 2012-13 season but was not retained after a disappointing first round finish.

Mitchell is the most experienced coach of the bunch with 6 years as a head coach in Toronto and Minnesota and 5 additional years as an assistant, but he also sports the worst record at 185-242.  He did a decent job this past year with a young team after being thrust unexpectedly into the head coaching spot in Minnesota after Flip Saunders passed away from cancer.

While Jackson, Del Negro, Mitchell and Woodson are the only candidates the Kings have scheduled interviews with the Kings, Stein adds the following names as candidates the Kings want to take a look at:

Former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale and Indiana Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan are also among the prime candidates on Sacramento's lengthy list. Neither McHale nor McMillan has an interview formally scheduled with the Kings, but in McMillan's case that would naturally be dependant on the Pacers' playoff schedule.


Other names who could receive consideration for the Kings' post but have not yet been scheduled for interviews, according to NBA coaching sources, include former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, current Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale and former Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown.

‎It's likewise believed that the Kings would have strong interest in speaking to Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, after Walton posted a 39-4 record this season as the Warriors' interim coach while Steve Kerr was sidelined.

And the Sac Bee's Ailene Voisin weighed in as well:

Given the sheer amount of names we've heard connected to the Kings' job in the wake of firing George Karl, it appears this will be one of the most exhaustive coaching searches in recent memory and definitely the most exhaustive under Vivek Ranadivé's stewardship.  Ranadivé basically gave the job to Mike Malone as soon as he was brought on as owner, and the hiring of George Karl was rushed after Malone's firing caused the team to spiral downward and the team desperately wanted someone with a pedigree to show they hadn't made a mistake in letting Malone go.

The Kings will take their time, and their patience might be rewarded as other coaching positions fill up.  Brooklyn already hired Kenny Atkinson and Phoenix today announced that Earl Watson had been granted the permanent position and a three year deal.  That leaves just the Minnesota, New York, Houston, Washington and Sacramento jobs open, although more could open with disappointing playoff results or if the Lakers realize Byron Scott is still their coach.  Still, the Kings will want someone in place in time for the draft and free agency so hopefully they don't wait too long.

But hey, I'm still miffed they rejected my own application for the job.