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Kings begin coaching interviews with Sam Mitchell

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell yells out to his team during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell yells out to his team during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 9, 2016. AP

The Kings will interview former Toronto coach Sam Mitchell on Wednesday for their vacant head coaching position, according to a source.

Mitchell is the first person who will be interviewed in what is expected to be a lengthy process. Mitchell interim head coach in Minnesota after the death of Flip Saunders, but he was not retained after the season.

Minnesota was 29-53 under Mitchell, but the job is considered one of the most coveted because of the Timberwolves’ young and talented roster.

The Kings also will interview former Chicago and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. ESPN reported in addition to Mitchell and Del Negro, the Kings will interview former Golden State coach Mark Jackson and also have interest in former Cleveland and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown, former Portland coach and current Indiana assistant coach Nate McMillan, and Miami assistant David Fizadle.

The Kings also are interested in former Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek and Kevin McHale, who most recently coached in Houston.

Yahoo Sports reported the Kings have received permission to interview Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson, too.

The Kings are replacing George Karl, who was fired after going 33-49 last season.

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