Pelicans general manager Trajan Langdon has informed the Kings that he won’t be involved in their search for a new head of basketball operations, reports Will Guillory of The Athletic (Twitter link).
Langdon was one of six potential candidates identified on Tuesday in a report on Sacramento launching its search for a replacement for Vlade Divac. That report indicated that the Kings had requested permission to interview Langdon, but it sounds like he prefers to remain in New Orleans rather than being considered for the job.
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A former assistant GM in Brooklyn, Langdon left the Nets in 2019 to become the Pelicans’ GM under newly-hired executive VP of basketball operations David Griffin. He previously worked under Griffin as the Cavaliers’ director of player administration and basketball operations during the 2015/16 season.
The Kings’ list of general manager candidates is down to five known names — Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth, Timberwolves executive VP Sachin Gupta, Heat assistant GM Adam Simon, Rockets assistant GM Monte McNair, and former Hawks executive Wes Wilcox. We’ll have to wait to see if any others pull out of the search or if Sacramento adds new candidates to its list in the coming days.