Report: The Sacramento Kings hold 'exploratory talks' with Kevin McHale

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A lot of teams in the NBA have acted fast to appoint their head coach for next season to try and stave off competition from other franchises.

Scott Brooks has head over to the Washington Wizards in a move that many people think might be linked with the pursuit of Kevin Durant this summer in free agency.

Tom Thibodeau has finally resurfaced some eleven months after his dismissal from the Chicago Bulls to take almost complete control of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not only is he the head coach of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, but he is also the president of basketball operations with a lottery draft pick to play with this summer.

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However, in California, the search isn't moving so quickly. The L.A. Lakers parted ways with Byron Scott today after two years at the helm, but the Sacramento Kings fired George Karl 10 days ago, just one outing short of coaching his 2,000 NBA game.

Accoring to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Kings made an approach to a Western Conference rival's former head coach and are in 'exploratory talks'. The report said:

Sources told that Kings general manager Vlade Divac, while still in the early ‎stages of what is expected to be a broad search, has sounded out Kevin McHale about his potential interest after the former Houston Rockets coach was fired just 11 games into the current season.

It was only last week that speculation arose that the Kings had a firm interest in talking to Dubs number two Luke Walton. As per the same report, those rumours have not gone away and Walton is likely to be a part of the Kings' extensive search.

"Sources say ‎that the Kings have a strong interest in speaking to Walton, after he posted a 39-4 record as Golden State's interim coach while Steve Kerr was sidelined this season. The Warriors have said they plan to allow Walton to interview for jobs between playoff rounds if the schedule allows, but the Los Angeles Lakers and Knicks are also known to be interested in the 36-year-old."

Common sense would say that both the Kings and the Lakers are both desperate for Walton. Grabbing a man with the inside track on one of the greatest sides ever could prove to be pretty priceless.

If the Warriors number two is the sentimental type, one would figure he has an interest in taking over at the Lakers due to the time he spent at the Staples Center during his playing career and the rings he won in the process.

However, the Kings, as things stand, have a far better roster than the Lakers at present with a ready made franchise cornerstone in DeMarcus Cousins. McHale's exit from Houston was far from graceful, and with the reported bad atmosphere in the Rockets ranks under his guidance, it might not be the greatest idea to pair him with a temperamental soul like Cousins.

The battle for Luke Walton may indeed end up having a lot to say in regards to McHale's future. And, of course, the New York Knicks are still looking, too.

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