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Sacramento Kings begin search for GM
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 27, 2013 @ 5:01 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
Nearly two weeks after NBA owners voted to keep the Kings in Sacramento and the team was sold to Indian software magnate Vivek Ranadive, the reshaping of the franchise appears to be under way.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Ranadive has begun the process of finding a replacement for Kings President Geoff Petrie and is considering San Antonio Spurs President R.C. Buford, Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace. Former Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway may also receive consideration, and Ranadive’s internal list is not thought to be limited to this group. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.
Ranadive, who was a minority owner of the Warriors until seizing this Sacramento opportunity, is known to be consulting with his Warriors colleagues on the search. That includes Jerry West, a Warriors consultant who worked with Wallace in Memphis and Schlenk at Golden State.
Ranadive’s focus, as is clear from some of the backgrounds of the people being considered, is on establishing a smart, winning tradition in a small market after the Kings have missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons. He is likely to assume control of the team later this week, and the deal is expected to close on May 31.
Buford, who has been a staple of the Spurs’ success since joining the team as a scout in 1994 and becoming general manager in 2002, is unlikely to have interest in the job but would make quite a small-market splash if he could be enticed into a new challenge. Schlenk, who worked under Chuck Daly as an intern in Orlando and Pat Riley as a video coordinator in Miami, moved up the Warriors ranks from assistant coach under Mike Montgomery to scout before he was promoted to assistant general manager nearly two years ago when former agent Bob Myers became general manager.
Wallace, who was hired by the Grizzlies in 2007 after serving as the Boston Celtics general manager under executive director … [For more on Sacramento Kings begin search for GM, click here.]
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