The Sacramento Kings already have interviewed Paul Westphal and Tom Thibodeau for their head coaching position and hope to sit down with Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis on an off-day during the NBA Finals.
Sacramento had hoped to meet with Rambis as early as Wednesday, but a person with knowledge of the situation said a date has not yet been set. One possibility under consideration is a Saturday meeting -- two days after Game 1 of the Finals and a day before Game 2 at Staples Center.
Internally, there was a strong feeling in the Sacramento front office that former Kings and Wizards coach Eddie Jordan would emerge as the front runner. According to a source, Jordan called the Kings two days before accepting the Philadelphia job and said he was getting close to an agreement with the Sixers. The Kings informed Jordan that, while they believed he would be a good fit, they needed to interview two other candidates.
Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee has speculated that Westphal has emerged as the front runner for the job, having thoroughly impressed Kings G.M. Geoff Petrie in his interview and having floated a reasonable price tag -- $1.5 million per season. The fact that Westphal and Rambis (two candidates with head coaching experience) and Thibodeau (whose reputation as a defensive mastermind has him at the forefront of every coaching search) indicates that Petrie and his basketball lieutenants have seized control of the search from the Maloof family. The Maloofs have pushed an in-house candidate -- John Whisenant, G.M. of the WNBA's Ssacramento Monarchs -- during previous coaching searches.