— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) June 10, 2013
Now, it's official.
"Adding Chris to our coaching staff provides the team with a coach who will remain loyal to the mission of returning this franchise to prominence," said Kings Coach Mike Malone to Kings.com. "He's experienced at the professional and collegiate levels, is extremely well-prepared, and has made a significant contribution in every stop along his coaching career."
Original Story (6/7):
According to a report from Ailene Voisin ofThe Sacramento Bee, Chris Jent has accepted the lead assistant coach job with the Sacramento Kings.
Sources say Chris Jent is done. He is joining Michael Malone's staff here in Sac.
— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) June 7, 2013
Jent will be returning to the NBA after just two years with the Buckeyes to team up with new Kings' head coach Mike Malone. Malone and Jent spent time together with the Cavs while LeBron was with the team.
With Jent's departure, Thad Matta will now be looking to add another assistant coach to the staff. With it being this late, look for Thad Matta to seriously considered Greg Paulus. Paulus has served as the Video Coordinator for the past two seasons after one year as an assistant at Navy. Paulus turned down an assistant coaching job with Toledo earlier this year.
On Wednesday, we mentioned that losing Jent could hurt Ohio State's chances with 2015 top-prospect Carlton Bragg after he had built a strong relationship during his time in Columbus.