Heat’s Adam Simon Won’t Pursue Kings’ Basketball Operations Vacancy

Heat assistant general manager Adam Simon has decided not to pursue the vacant Kings head of basketball operations position, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Simon joins current Pelicans GM Trajan Langdon in removing their names from consideration, with the Kings now narrowing their candidates down to Timberwolves executive VP of basketball operations Sachin Gupta, Nuggets GM Calvin Booth, former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox, and Rockets assistant GM Monte McNair, according to NBC Sports’ James Ham. The franchise could also opt to expand the search and add more candidates.

Simon has worked with the Heat for 25 years in a variety of positions, playing an integral role in drafting Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson. He’s considered to be an essential part of the organization and currently assists team president Pat Riley and GM Andy Elisburg in several aspects related to player personnel.

The Kings’ search began after veteran executive Vlade Divac stepped down as general manager, with Joe Dumars now serving as the team’s executive VP of basketball operations. Sacramento has two promising building blocks in De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III, but the team accrued just a 31-41 record this season. From a long-term standpoint, the franchise hasn’t reached 40 wins since the 2005/06 season.

Interviews for the vacant position are formally expected to begin next week, according to a previous report from The Athletic.

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6 thoughts on “Heat’s Adam Simon Won’t Pursue Kings’ Basketball Operations Vacancy

  1. No one wants to work for the Kings, with their past History and having to move to the Most Taxed State in the US. Even Ball Players don’t want to come to Cali because of the taxes. Plus, they do NOT want the Job unless they have 100% control of the Roster, which Vidak won’t do !!

    • washington_bonercats

      In the last 5 years the biggest stars in the NBA, ex. KD, Klaw, and Bron, have all gone to California without thinking twice. Cali is not the problem. The Kings are the problem lol.

  2. Sillivan

    Do not take the following jobs please if you are not a huge overachiever
    Kings GM
    76ers coach
    Pacers coach
    Pelicans coach

    • Sillivan

      These jobs should be 5 year contract with team option at third year

      Part ways if you don’t meet expectation

  3. Sillivan

    Let’s say 76ers sign Ty Lue 5 years 35 million contract
    Lue can’t get along with both Embiid and Simmons the first year And Lue has sleeping issues

    76ers have very tight coaching budget
    What can you do if you are Elton Brand?
    Owners want to keep both stars?

    • x%sure

      I hope Lue learns some relaxation technique before taking on the Simmons-Embiid assignment. Or try some gamma-aminobutyric.

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