Feb 24, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart reacts at New Orleans Arena. The Hornets won 110-95. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings Expected To Let Coach Keith Smart Go

This one is a little more than beyond obvious, but, according to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Sacramento Kings are not expected to retain head coach Keith Smart.

Per Amick:

That could lead to some of his current co-workers coming along with him. If Kings coach Keith Smart is not retained as is expected, then Warriors assistant Michael Malone – a former assistant in Cleveland and New Orleans who sparked dramatic defensive improvement at each of his NBA stops and has interviewed for several head coaching vacancies – is expected to be a candidate.

With the impending ownership change, it has been long expected that a complete overhaul would take place both on the court and in the front office and not retaining Smart would be one of the first scenarios to play out. The second to play out and most likely first potential vacancy to be filled would be that of the general manager position, which is currently filled by Geoff Petrie.

There’s been no word on if long tenured general manager would be retained by the incoming ownership group, though, one would assume they’d prefer to have their own new blood, especially after Petrie’s struggles in recent years (although in fairness, he did have his hands tied).

Either way, it appears that the Sacramento Kings will have a new head coach for the 2013-14 season.

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