The pool of prospective coaches that the 76ers looks to hire from continues to be reduced daily following the Sacramento Kings’ move to hire former Golden State assistant Mike Malone on Sunday.
Malone replaced Keith Smart in Sacramento. The 41-year-old Malone spent the last two seasons as the top assistant to Mark Jackson.
Malone is the third coach hired that was at one time believed to be high on the Sixers’ list. Of course, that was a list that was mostly made up of candidates by Tony DiLeo a little more than a month ago. Since then, DiLeo has been replaced as president of basketball operations and general manager by Sam Hinkie, formerly the assistant general manager of the Houston Rockets. DiLeo is no longer with the organization.
Other coaches that that the Sixers have been reportedly interested in since parting ways with Doug Collins that are no longer available on the market are Mike Brown, (Cleveland), Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta) and Jeff Hornacek (Phoenix).