Chris Mullin Leaves Kings For St. John’s

TUESDAY, 3:42pm: The hiring is official, the school announced.

MONDAY, 3:41pm: Mullin has accepted the St. John’s job, report Roger Rubin and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

SUNDAY, 4:37pm: Chris Mullin, who has been an adviser in the Kings’ front office since September 2013, is expected to accept an offer from St. John’s to be its next men’s basketball head coach, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports writes. Mullin would lead his alma mater following the school’s firing of Steve Lavin on Friday.

Mullin quickly emerged as a favorite for the Red Storm’s coaching job soon after the vacancy arose. If there are no late obstacles during the negotiations, the school’s administration is hoping to have a press conference Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Rothstein. Mullin, a two-time inductee of the Hall of Fame who retired after the 2000/01 season, is a former general manager of the Warriors. He has no head coaching experience.

It was reported earlier this month by Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee that Mullin, who was a candidate for the Kings’ coaching position earlier this season, resisted the recent hirings of coach George Karl and vice president of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac. Tom Ziller of SB Nation tweeted that it was rumored Mullin wanted former Kings coach Michael Malone out of the way, but didn’t want to take over in the middle of a season and instead wanted to start before training camp and with a new staff.

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