The Kings intend to meet with Jeff Hornacek, as Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee writes amid an update on the team’s expansive coaching search. Sacramento was reportedly scheduled to interview Sam Mitchell on Wednesday and is set to do the same with Vinny Del Negro and Mike Woodson. Luke Walton is also apparently expected to meet with GM Vlade Divac about the vacancy.
Hornacek was one of the first names to be connected to the job. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski heard even before the Kings officially fired George Karl that the former Suns coach was among a group Sacramento would consider. Wojnarowski also identified Hornacek as a strong candidate to coach the Wizards when Washington fired Randy Wittman, but the Wizards have since offered the job to Scott Brooks, as The Vertical scribe reported Wednesday.
The Suns fired Hornacek on February 1st amid a season gone wrong, but he’s just two years removed from finishing a close second to Gregg Popovich in voting for the Coach of the Year award for his first season as an NBA head coach. Hornacek’s Suns went 48-34 that year in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season, though they failed to maintain that success, falling to 39-43 in 2014/15, and Phoenix was 14-35 when it made its coaching change this year.
Hornacek, who turns 53 next month, went 101-112 overall with the Suns. Before going to Phoenix, he served as an assistant coach for the Jazz while former Kings coach Tyrone Corbin was the head coach in Utah.
Sacramento is also interested in Brooks and fellow former NBA head coaches Brian Shaw, Monty Williams, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin McHale, Mark Jackson, David Blatt and Nate McMillan, along with Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka, Hornets assistant Patrick Ewing and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, plus at least two unidentified college coaches, according to previous reports. The team also reportedly had interest in Tom Thibodeau and Kenny Atkinson, who’ve since taken the Timberwolves and Nets head coaching jobs, respectively.