The Sacramento Kings’ new ownership group is beginning the process of a lengthy rebuild, and it all begins with replacing the guys at the top.
Longtime GM Geoff Petrie is on his way out of Sacramento, as USA Today reports that Vivek Ranadive and Co. are actively looking for his replacement.
Petrie began his tenure in 1994, and despite the recent struggles, brought immense success to the Kings’ franchise. The team made the postseason for eight consecutive seasons (1999-2006), including reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2002, and Petrie did quite a job at the helm of a team in a small market. In addition, he was the NBA’s Executive of the Year in 1999 and 2001.
However, Petrie’s tenure will ultimately come to a close, when his contract expires in June of this year.
According to the USA Today report, Ranadive is considering a plethora of options to replace Petrie: Spurs President R.C. Buford, Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk, Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace, and former Pacers GM David Morway. There may be more, as his options are not limited to that list.
With Petrie heading out the door, the Kings are likely to part ways with head coach Keith Smart as well.
The Kings are clearly undergoing a rebuilding process with the new ownership, and it looks as if they are going to be starting at square one, bringing in new leadership and re-tooling the entire franchise.