Golden State Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone has agreed to become the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings, according to a source. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Kings officially announced that Michael Malone will replace Keith Smart as their next head coach.
Malone, the son of former NBA coach Brendan Malone, will be introduced at a press conference scheduled for Monday alongside new majority owner Vivek Ranadive.
Malone served as Mark Jackson's lead assistant for the past two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, at the same time where Ranadive was one of the team's minority owners.
The 42-year-old Malone has served as the lead-assistant coach under Mike Brown, Monty Williams, before joining Jackson's staff. His first NBA coaching duties began with the New York Knicks in 2003 under Jeff Van Gundy.
Sacramento will be Malone's first time as a head coach and is expected to add his father to his coaching staff.
Smart was fired on Friday, after leading the Kings to a 48-93 record in just under two seasons after replacing Paul Westphal.