Today will be a busy day for a Sacramento Kings franchise in transition.
Michael Malone will be introduced as the franchise's 25th head coach at a 1:30 p.m. news conference at Sleep Train Arena.
Earlier in the day, the Kings will host six prospects for a predraft workout that will be run by staff still under contract from the Maloofs' ownership.
The Kings also are searching for a new general manager and face numerous personnel decisions before the June 27 NBA draft.
New majority owner Vivek Ranadive will attend today's news conference, where there might be more questions about what hasn't been decided.
All that's certain about Malone's coaching staff is his father, Brendan, will have a role.
Malone knows what he wants to do with the Kings on the court.
"The identity of our team is going to essentially come down to four things," he told The Sacramento Bee on Saturday. "Defense is No. 1. Rebounding is No. 2. And once we rebound, we want to become a running team, but we run with discipline. And that means obviously taking care of the ball and proper shot selection. The last thing is valuing the basketball and sharing the basketball."
Creating that identity will require reshaping the roster.
Even without a new general manager, Malone and Ranadive could meet with center DeMarcus Cousins while he is in Los Angeles. Having a chief basketball executive in place would help shape the plans for Cousins and the rest of the roster.
Memphis general manager Chris Wallace appears to be in the lead to replace Geoff Petrie as the team's top basketball decision maker.
Landing a big-name executive like Hall of Fame player and former Indiana head basketball executive Larry Bird is something Ranadive has not abandoned yet.
But until Ranadive hires someone, Petrie and his staff are scouting for the draft and will oversee today's workout.
The most notable player visiting the Kings is Rudy Gobert, a 7-foot-2 center from France whose defensive potential and athleticism have been touted by draft pundits.
Given the Kings' defensive struggles in recent years, any player with a defensive pedigree has to be considered.
If the current roster won't buy in to Malone's vision, the Kings will have to find those players.
"We want to be a halfcourt, shrink-the-floor team, which means we want to make that paint look crowded. If teams are going to beat us, they're going to beat us with contested jump shots from the perimeter," Malone said.
The Kings have been bad at stopping dribble penetration and protecting the paint.
Malone said that will change.
"We're going to be a team that does not give up middle drives," he said. "It's up to our guards to contain the basketball and not get beat off the dribble so easily, and we're going to contest every shot.
"One thing you're going to hear me say a lot is the kind of players we want on our team are guys that are multiple effort players."
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