Geoff Petrie’s era as Sacramento Kings‘ president of basketball operations is approaching the end, according the Sacramento Bee. Petrie joined the Kings in 1994, but his contract expires in June and the team informed him that he will not be brought back.
So, the Kings are looking to fill Petrie’s void, and the Golden State Warriors are at the center of the talk.
The sale of the Kings was approved to a group led by Vivek Ranadive, who is a minority owner of the Warriors. The Sacramento Bee reports that Ranadive is expected to use his connections through his small ownership role with the Warriors to replace Petrie and Keith Smart, who does has one year left on his contract, but the team isn’t expected to keep him.
It’s not a surprise that coaches and front office people in the Warriors’ organization are linked to the Kings through Ranadive’s connections.
Warriors’ current assistant coach Mike Malone is one of those linked to the Kings. He’s reportedly a “lock” to coach Sacramento, according to CSN Bay Area (via Peter Vecsey of the New York Post).
Mike Malone is a living lock 2B Kings’ head coach, I’m informed. Don’t know time frame of announcement, but go to sleep on it happening.
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) May 28, 2013
Travis Schlenk, Golden State’s director of player personnel and assistant general manager, has also been noted as a possible replacement for Petrie. The Sacramento Bee’s report also noted former Warriors GM Chris Mullin as another alternative.