(SportsNetwork.com) - It appears the Sacramento Kings will have a new man running the show after the upcoming All-Star break, so let the distractions begin.
According to a report by Yahoo Sports, the Kings are working out the logistics on a possible four-year contract for George Karl as head coach. Karl has a decorated resume as an NBA head coach and will reportedly earn $4 million to $5 million a season.
Sources said Karl's deal would include a team option on the final year of the contract in the 2017-18 season.
Tyrone Corbin is expected to coach the next two games prior to the break at Chicago Tuesday night and Wednesday in Milwaukee. Corbin took over for Mike Malone back in December.
Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was asked this past weekend about the possibility of having a new head coach in the future.
"We have to come in everyday, block out the outside distractions and do our job. Be professional basketball players," Cousins said.
The Kings had a lot of promise early on this season, but have dropped off over the last few months. They are 18-32 this season and have only two wins in the previous 13 games. The Kings stopped a three-game slide with Sunday's 85-83 win over the Phoenix Suns, as Cousins buried the game-winning jumper as time expired.
Coming out of a timeout, Cousins picked up the ball at the top of the key, pump faked and forced up a contested jumper that hit off the rim a few times before finally going down for the win. Cousins ended with 28 points and 12 rebounds, and has recorded 15 double-doubles in the last 16 games.
"Any win, at the buzzer or by 50 for us, we need all the wins we can get right now. Being at home, close to the break, to get a win is good," Kings guard Ramon Sessions said.
Ben McLemore scored 13 points for Sacramento, which made 45.3 percent and limited the Suns to just 36.3 percent shooting. It was the first game the Kings scored at least 85 points and won since an 84-81 triumph over Houston on March 3, 2010.
Sacramento defeated Phoenix without Rudy Gay (foot) and Darren Collison (abdominal). Both are listed as questionable Tuesday.
The Bulls are back home for two games after going 3-3 on a recent road trip.
Chicago ended the trip with Sunday's 98-97 victory in Orlando and Pau Gasol was the hero with the go-ahead bucket on a put-back dunk. Gasol capped a 7-0 run when Derrick Rose missed on a 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds remaining, and finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
Jimmy Butler had a game-high 27 points and six steals and Joakim Noah added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls. Rose managed 10 points and 11 assists.
"I want us to improve. It's hard to win on the road," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. "Overall we have done a good job all year on the road."
The Bulls will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday and are 13-11 at the United Center.
Chicago dropped a 103-88 decision in Sacramento on Nov. 20 and Cousins led the charge with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Butler scored 23 points in that one for the Bulls, who didn't have Gasol or Rose. The Kings have won three of the last four games in this series.
The Bulls have won four straight at home versus the Kings, who haven't prevailed in the Windy City since Dec. 21, 2009 (102-98).