Former Warriors great Chris Mullin, right, comes to the aid of team owner Joe Lacob, who was booed during Mullin's jersey retirement ceremony.

Kings offer Mullin role as consultant

Published: Monday, Jun. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive will introduce Pete D'Alessandro as the team's new general manager today at a news conference at Sleep Train Arena.

And Ranadive isn't done changing the look of the Kings' front office.

The Kings have offered Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame player and former Golden State Warriors executive Chris Mullin a role as a consultant, The Bee learned Sunday.

Sources said Mullin likely will accept. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the offer.

Mullin was the Warriors' top basketball executive from 2004 to 2009. D'Alessandro worked for the Warriors from 2004 to 2008, the final two years as assistant general manager. D'Alessandro has never been a general manager, and Mullin would be a familiar voice of experience.

The Warriors made the playoffs once during their time together, upsetting the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 Western Conference playoffs.

Also during that time, the Warriors used a second-round pick to land Monta Ellis (2005) but had major first-round disappointments such as Ike Diogu (2005), Patrick O'Bryant (2006) and Anthony Randolph (2008).

The Warriors' 2004 first-round pick, Andris Biedrins, signed a six-year, $54 million extension in 2008. Plagued by injuries, he has not lived up to that deal.

Even if Mullin does not come aboard, D'Alessandro is expected to usher in a new regime in the front office.

Amid the Kings' losing seasons, coaching changes and ownership issues, the basketball operations staff has stayed largely intact.

The group that helped the Kings become NBA title contenders in the early 2000s now likely will be replaced.

President of basketball operations Geoff Petrie has been with the Kings since 1994. His contract expires June 30.

Tyreke Evans' future is a priority. Sacramento can allow the 6-foot-6 guard to leave as a free agent or make him a restricted free agent. That decision might affect the Kings' draft strategy.

D'Alessandro has little time to overhaul the front office that has been working on the June 27 draft. The Kings have a long-tenured group.

Wayne Cooper, vice president and general manager, also has been with Sacramento for 19 seasons.

Mike Petrie, assistant vice president, has been with the Kings for 13 seasons. Assistant general manager Shareef Abdur-Rahim has been in his post for three seasons.

Director of player personnel Jerry Reynolds, who assumed the new general manager would bring in his own staff, already has said he will vacate the position he has held since 1994.

Director of scouting Scotty Stirling has been with the Kings for 26 seasons, 24 in his current role.

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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