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    Kings coach Michael Malone and Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams confer during a predraft workout at the team's practice facility on Saturday.

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    Point guard Peyton Siva, who helped Louisville win this year's NCAA title, works out for the Kings.

Possible Kings assistants attend workouts

Published: Sunday, Jun. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Saturday offered a preview of what might be most of the new coaching staff.

Two targets of new coach Michael Malone attended predraft workouts at the Kings' practice facility.

One coach was already working.

Chris Jent, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Ohio State, was on the court in Kings attire, helping with the workouts.

Roy Rogers, who spent last season with the Detroit Pistons, watched the latter portion of the morning session from the sideline.

"There's nothing formal on that," Malone said of his coaching staff. "Obviously I have some guys that I'm definitely looking at on that.

"I'm going to try and hire the best staff I can, and when I'm ready to announce that, we'll let you guys know."

The only coach confirmed by Malone is his father, longtime NBA coach Brendan Malone.

A source indicated Jent's hiring as Malone's lead assistant is imminent.

Rogers, who has gained praise for developing Detroit rookie center Andre Drummond this season, is being courted by multiple teams.

Malone said he plans to hire four assistant coaches and two player development staff members.

"For me, having player development staff is so important," Malone said. "(Staff) that can spend time with these guys, whatever time that may be. We always want to have our gym covered, and if guys want to come back late at night, we want that to be accessible for them."

Malone is very familiar with Jent. They have a long history as playing opponents and as coaching colleagues with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"We worked together before," Malone said. "We played against each other back in high school, and he's recruited a lot of the top players in the country (at Ohio State)."

That recruiting experience is helpful because Malone is still catching up on prospects for the NBA draft on June 27.

The Kings hosted two predraft workouts Saturday, with the morning session featuring two possible picks by the team at No. 7 overall.

Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams and Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum are considered top-10 selections.

Carter-Williams is a 6-foot-6 point guard. McCollum is a 6-3 point guard who also can play shooting guard.

Carter-Williams' size and savvy make him appealing while he works on his perimeter shooting.

"I'm trying to show (coaches) my jump shot has improved and that I can defend," Carter-Williams said. "Just everything that I've been working on."

Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points and 7.3 assists as a sophomore last season but shot 39.3 percent from the field and 29.2 percent on three-point attempts.

McCollum might be the best shooter in the draft.

He averaged 23.9 points as a senior, shooting 49.5 percent overall last season and 51.6 percent on three-point tries.

McCollum said he received positive feedback from Malone.

"He likes the way I shoot the ball; he likes how I change speeds," McCollum said. "We'll see what happens."

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