Who needs a playoff race when the Kings' coaching race is so enthralling?
The process to find a replacement for Eric Musselman might have taken a drastic turn, with the Kings at the end of a domino effect of coaching news.
On Sunday night, reports surfaced that newly crowned Orlando Magic coach Billy Donovan was having second thoughts about leaving Florida. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Donovan will be let out of his five-year, $27.5 million contract, meaning that suddenly there might be competition for Kings candidate Stan Van Gundy.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel is reporting that Van Gundy is close to being offered the job by the Magic. Van Gundy did not answer a call from The Bee.
It seems like a no-brainer for Van Gundy to go to Orlando, as it's closer to his Miami area home and the roster has much more promise than the Kings'. The former Miami coach, who had his second interview for the Kings position on Saturday in Las Vegas, had expressed his interest in the Magic position not long after Brian Hill was fired, talking about the potential that comes with coaching rising star Dwight Howard and a substantial supporting cast. Van Gundy reportedly also was the only candidate the Magic spoke to besides Donovan, though the team also asked for permission to speak to San Antonio assistant P.J. Carlesimo.
The unexpected turn of events would explain what appeared to be a shifting of gears on the Kings' front, where Van Gundy seemed to be emerging as the front-runner Sunday until the process seemed to stall.
The Kings interviewed Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis for a second time on Sunday as well, and suddenly the word was that it could still be awhile until a decision was made.
The Kings also have had Detroit assistant Terry Porter on their radar from the beginning of the process but have yet to schedule an interview. By this afternoon, the Pistons had not been contacted about Porter.
Relative to possible interviews, Porter told Michigan Live on Sunday, "We'll see. Hopefully I'll have some more news later in the week."
Meanwhile, Kings assistant Scott Brooks quietly waits in Sacramento, his chances improving with every twist and turn.
- Sam Amick