Chris Wallace Frontrunner For Kings GM Job

MONDAY, 11:13am: Wallace's lead for the Kings' GM position only increased over the weekend, according to's Marc Stein, who thinks something would have to go awry now for Wallace not to be hired by Sacramento (Twitter links).

FRIDAY, 8:53am: In a reversal of the usual process, the Kings have decided on a coach, having reached an agreement with Michael Malone, and now intend to secure a general manager. And according to's Marc Stein, Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace has emerged as the frontrunner for the position.

Stein reports that Wallace's interview with new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive earlier this week went so well that it stretched into a second day. Although Wallace remains under contract with the Grizzlies, he has been somewhat marginalized in Memphis' front office since new owner Robert Pera assumed control of the franchise and brought in his own executives, including CEO Jason Levien.

In addition to interviewing Wallace, the Kings have also met with Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk and plan to meet with Mike Dunleavy, according to Stein (Twitter link). The team was said to be targeting Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver and Spurs president R.C. Buford as well, but OKC reportedly denied permission to speak to Weaver, while Buford said he wasn't interested in leaving San Antonio.

Whoever eventually lands the Kings' GM job will be taking the place of Geoff Petrie, who had been the longest-tenured head of basketball operations in the NBA.

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