Having parted ways with longtime general manager Vlade Divac last month, the Kings have now formally launched their search for a new head of basketball operations, according to Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic. Sources tell The Athletic duo that Sacramento is expected to begin interviews as soon as this week.
The Kings have requested permission to speak to Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth, Pelicans GM Trajan Langdon, Timberwolves executive VP Sachin Gupta, Heat assistant GM Adam Simon, and Rockets assistant GM Monte McNair, according to Charania and Amick, who report that the club will also talk to former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox.
It’s not clear if all those teams have granted Sacramento permission to talk to their executives, but none of the candidates identified by The Athletic are heads of basketball operations for their current clubs. If the Kings truly offering decision-making power in their front office, that would represent a promotion for everyone on their list, so I wouldn’t expect any teams to stand in the way.
As we noted on Monday when we previewed the Kings’ offseason, the organization’s plan for its front office has been a little hard to follow. Multiple reports suggested that Divac’s ouster occurred as a result of team owner Vivek Ranadive asking him to surrender control of basketball decisions to Dumars, and Dumars has since been named Sacramento’s interim executive VP of basketball operations.
However, a subsequent report suggested that Dumars won’t be a candidate for the Kings’ permanent general manager job. That report indicated that Dumars would be involved in the hiring process and would interview candidates along with Ranadive. However, it sounds like the plan is for the newly-hired GM to gain full control of roster moves and report directly to Ranadive.
At the time of Divac’s dismissal, there were reports that the Kings’ search for a new GM could take a while, perhaps extending beyond the draft and free agency and into next season. With interviews set to begin soon, perhaps the franchise has decided to accelerate the process.
The Kings have some major roster decisions to make this offseason, including potentially re-signing Bogdan Bogdanovic, extending De’Aaron Fox, making a lottery pick, and considering the possibility of trading Buddy Hield. Any GM candidate seriously considering taking the reins in Sacramento’s front office would likely want to have a voice in those decisions and may also seek clarity on Dumars’ role going forward.
6 thoughts on “Kings Set To Begin Interviews In GM Search”
When you have Dumars you can’t make any trade
Kings needs 5 trades to improve the roster
I can improve their roster in 4 trades
DeAron Fox And Barnes for Eric Gordon only helps one team and it isn’t the kings lol jk kinda
Sounds like “Name that Tune”. Anybody for 3 trades. Let’s bring back Jerry Reynolds as coach, add Reggie Theus, LaSalle Thompson and Larry Drew. Throw in Otis Thorpe and we’ll bring back the good old days of what exactly, I have no idea. I just threw some names from the past. The 98-2004 teams were obviously the best, except of course when Robert Horry plays against them.
Dumars as Pistons GM was famous for saying at one point after a disappointing season that he was going to trade all the top players away.
No trades were made and it was awkward when they all returned to training camp. Dumars said he only got fire sale offers.
They were players that had won the 2004 NBA title but were no longer desirable. Today’s history
They can have Scott Perry back.
– Knicks fans abound