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As more names for Kings GM job surface, coaching search remains focused on Mike Malone
Mike Malone remains the top target of new Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive, so much so he is likely to be hired before there is a new general manager.
Malone is highly regarded and liked by players. The son of former NBA coach Brendan Malone, Mike is also a noted defensive strategist.
When the new GM is hired could take some time.Geoff Petrie and Co. continue to work on the NBA Draft while the search continues for Petrie's replacement.
Ranadive is being advised during this process by the likes of Jerry West, among others. So the search won't be limited to known candidates like GSW asst. GM Travis Schlenk.
One situation to monitor is Indiana. If Larry Bird is truly interested in returning to the franchise, Kevin Pritchard becomes an option. Ranadive could also make a run at Bird.
In this search, there's no reason Ranadive won't swing for the fences, which is why San Antonio's R.C. Buford came up, even though most don't expect there to be any interest from Buford.