JANUARY 25: The Kings have officially extended both McNair and Wilcox, the team announced late on Tuesday night in a press release.
“Monte is an integral part of this organization, and I am thrilled to announce his extension,” team owner Vivek Ranadivé said in a statement. “Since joining the Kings, Monte and Wes have proven to be thoughtful and strategic decision makers who have shown their ability to execute a long-term vision for the team. The work continues, and I have confidence in this front office to keep driving our efforts forward.”
JANUARY 24: The Kings and general manager Monte McNair have reached an agreement on a contract extension, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Sacramento is also finalizing a new contract for assistant GM Wes Wilcox, Wojnarowski adds.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic (Twitter link), McNair is signing a three-year extension with no options.
Marc Stein reported in December that there was a growing expectation in NBA circles that McNair, who was in the final year of his contract, would sign an extension as soon as January, and now that has come to fruition.
“I’ll just say my family loves it in Sacramento and we’re very happy with how things are going,” McNair told Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee last month. “We’re just focused on winning and continuing to keep this thing growing.”
At 27-19, the Kings are currently the West’s No. 3 seed and are in a strong position to snap their 16-year playoff drought, which is an NBA record. The McNair-led front office drafted and then later traded rising point guard Tyrese Haliburton to Indiana for All-Star center Domantas Sabonis, and selected guard Davion Mitchell in the 2021 draft.
In the 2022 offseason, the Kings drafted forward Keegan Murray, who has made an immediate impact, traded for sharpshooter Kevin Huerter and added sixth man Malik Monk in free agency. The franchise also hired head coach Mike Brown, who has helped change the culture of the previously dysfunctional organization.