Kings to talk to Denver exec about general manager's job

Published: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 4:13 pm

The Kings have been granted permission to interview Denver vice president of basketball operations Pete D'Alessandro in their search for a new leader of their basketball operations.

An interview has not been scheduled, but could be as early as today.

D'Alessandro worked with former Denver general manager Masai Ujiri. Ujiri won NBA Executive of the Year this season.

But Ujiri was given permission to speak with the Toronto Raptors, who lured Ujiri away with a reported contract of $15 million over five years.

D'Alessandro is a candidate to replace Ujiri, but the Nuggets are still allowing him to speak with the Kings.

If D'Alessandro were to leave Denver, it would continue an offseason of upheaval.

Besides Ujiri leaving, George Karl was fired last week. He was this season's Coach of the Year.

D'Alessandro has spent three seasons with Denver. This season was his first as vice president after serving in an advisory role.

D'Alessandro's focus was on trade and free-agent negotiations, salary cap management and collective bargaining agreement rules and regulations.

Before joining the Nuggets, D'Alessandro worked for the Warriors' assistant general manager and director of basketball operations from 2004-08.

Of all the known candidates, only former NBA coach and Los Angeles Clippers general manager Mike Dunleavy has no ties to either Golden State or Indiana.

The Kings interviewed former Indiana general manager David Morway last week. The Kings have also spoken with former Indiana basketball president Larry Bird, whom Morway worked under before being replaced by Kevin Pritchard.

Former Golden State player and executive Chris Mullin has also been contacted. D'Alessandro worked under Mullin with Golden State.

Current Golden State general manager Travis Schlenk has also interviewed for the Kings' opening.

While the Kings search for someone to run the front office next season, the current staff continues to run the process for the NBA draft on June 27.

The Kings will host a six-player workout today.

The biggest name is UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad.

Muhammad averaged 17.9 points as a freshman after being widely regarded as the best high school player in the country.

Muhammad was initially ruled ineligible by the NCAA for improper benefits, but was reinstated after three games.

A Los Angeles Times report in March revealed Muhammad was born on Nov. 13 in 1992, not 1993.

Critics cited that as a concern about Muhammad's character while his father claimed the younger age was a mistake in media reports.

Muhammad is considered a talent whose game might translate well to the NBA, but his stock is sliding in the eyes of some NBA executives over concerns about his game and character.

BYU forward Brandon Davies, Gonzaga forward Elias Harris, Akron center Zeke Marshall, Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe and Oklahoma forward Romero Osby will also work out today.

TAKING A LOOK

The players who will work out for the Kings today in preparation for the NBA draft (June 27, 4 p.m., ESPN):

• Brandon Davies, F, BYU

• Elias Harris, F, Gonzaga

• Zeke Marshall, C, Akron

• Trevor Mbakwe, F, Minnesota

• Shabazz Muhammad, G-F, UCLA

• Romero Osby, F, Oklahoma

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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