Kings NBL coach Will Weaver in NBA job mix

Murray Wenzel
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Sydney Kings mentor Will Weaver will hold face-to-face talks in the United States with NBA clubs after reports linked him to the vacant Oklahoma City head coach position.

The Kings have wished the former NBA assistant and G-League coach well, "actively encouraging" the Australian Boomers assistant to chase his opportunity.

Texas-born Weaver, 36, is reportedly among a shortlist to coach the Thunder, who parted ways with Billy Donovan after five seasons as NBA free agency nears.

Weaver's name was also tossed up for the New Orleans Pelicans' head coach vacancy that eventually went to Stan Van Gundy.

"It is implicit to our vision for the Sydney Kings, a club that helps ambitious people move forward in their careers," Kings owner and chairman Paul Smith said.

"Be it a player, coach or a member of our management team, my greatest thrill is seeing people achieve their ambitions.

"The fact that our head coach is exploring an exciting career opportunity is just part of the reality of pro sport and its constant evolution.

"It's exactly why our planning doesn't have an off switch."

The Kings will continue to train under assistants Adam Forde and James Duncan ahead of a proposed January season tip-off.