Trey Burke: Point guard will participate in a predraft workout with the Kings today.

Kings seek OK to talk to Nuggets exec about GM job

Published: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 4:02 pm

The Kings are looking to a team that is going through its own share of changes for another option to run their basketball operations.

Sacramento asked the Denver Nuggets for permission to speak with their assistant president of basketball operations, Pete D'Alessandro, about replacing outgoing president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie.

As of Thursday evening, the Nuggets had not granted the Kings permission.

Like the Kings, the Nuggets will have a new coach and general manager next season.

The Nuggets granted general manager Masai Ujiri, the 2012 NBA Executive of the Year, permission to interview with the Toronto Raptors, and he left for a more lucrative contract.

Then came the surprising news Thursday that coach George Karl was fired. He recently was named the NBA's Coach of the Year but reportedly wanted a contract extension.

D'Alessandro is believed to be a candidate to replace Ujiri. However, the Nuggets not making an offer to keep Ujiri is reason to believe they might allow D'Alessandro to leave if another team makes him an attractive offer.

The Nuggets could deny the Kings permission to speak with D'Alessandro if they plan to promote him.

D'Alessandro is the latest name to emerge in the search to replace Petrie, whose contract expires June 30. The Kings have spoken with several candidates. They include former NBA players Larry Bird and Chris Mullin, who ran the front offices for Indiana and Golden State, respectively.

Memphis general manager Chris Wallace, former coach and executive Mike Dunleavy and Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk also have been interviewed.

Former Indiana general manager David Morway is also under consideration.

Until his replacement is hired, Petrie continues to run the Kings' preparation for the NBA draft.

And the Kings finally have a possible lottery pick in town to take a closer look at before the draft.

The team will host former Michigan guard Trey Burke in a predraft workout today. Burke (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is considered by many to be the top point guard available.

Burke led the Wolverines to the NCAA championship game this spring as a sophomore and was the consensus national Player of the Year. Burke, who took part in a group workout in Phoenix on Thursday, averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists last season.

The Kings have the seventh pick in the first round of the June 27 draft. Some prognosticators have Burke being selected as high as second, while others have him being available when the Kings pick.

As the front office continues to sort out the future, coach Michael Malone is still sorting out his staff.

Yahoo Sports reported that Malone offered Ohio State assistant coach Chris Jent a three-year contract to become his lead assistant. Jent is an Ohio State alum.

Jent worked with Malone as an assistant coach in Cleveland on Mike Brown's staff.

Jent is noted for his ability to improve players' shooting. His work with LeBron James is most often cited, but other players, including Memphis guard Mike Conley, said Jent played a key role improving their shooting.

Malone's father, Brendan, is the only coach confirmed to be a part of the new staff.

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