Sources: Kings to interview David Blatt for coach

ByMarc Stein ESPN logo
Friday, May 13, 2016

The Sacramento Kings will interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt for their head-coaching vacancy early this week, according to league sources.

Sources told that Blatt will become the latest in a string of recent head coaches to interview for the post, with the Kings determined to commission a broad search in their hunt for George Karl's replacement.

The Kings, sources say, are known to have already completed interviews with former Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, former Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro and former New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson. reported last week that the Kings have had exploratory conversations with Kevin McHale, who was fired by the Houston Rockets just 11 games into the current season.

Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Patrick Ewing will also land an interview with the Kings, Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed Sunday, while coaching veterans such as ESPN's Mark Jackson, Indiana Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina and Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Elston Turner continue to be mentioned as potential targets.

Blatt interviewed for the New York Knicks' coach job last week and was on the list of potential targets for the Los Angeles Lakers' vacancy before the Lakers quickly came to terms with Luke Walton. reported last month that the Knicks' coaching search, to date, has been focused on interim coach Kurt Rambis -- who is getting strong consideration for the full-time post -- and Blatt.