Malone made a strong impression with Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly and President Josh Kroenke in meetings with team executives, sources told the website. Interim coach Melvin Hunt was considered the other front-runner for the job.
The Kings fired Malone in December after an 11-13 start. In parts of two seasons with Sacramento, Malone went 39-67.
Prior to his stint with the Kings, he spent time as an assistant coach with the