Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone has agreed to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

This newspaper has confirmed early reports that Malone agreed to a four-year year contract with the Kings, now owned by former Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive.

"I think just like all our coaches, he had a huge impact on this team," said rookie forward Draymond Green. "One thing we had was a great balance of everybody bringing something to the table. I think coach Malone is a great X's and O's guy and also connects with players. He will have great success as a head coach and we wish him the best of luck."

Malone had been a viable head coaching candidate for the last three offseasons. The son of longtime coach Brendan Malone, he was hired as an assistant shortly after Golden State hired Mark Jackson in June 2011.

In his two seasons as Jackson's top assistant, he developed a reputation as the strategist on the Warriors' bench.

Malone reportedly agreed to a four-year contract worth $9 million, with a team option for the fourth year.

He will replace Keith Smart, another former Warriors assistant who led the Kings for two seasons. The new ownership group told Smart he would not be retained, according to USA Today.