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Ex-Kings player, assistant Bratz likely to join front office

Published: Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013 - 6:47 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

At the dawn of a new era for the Kings, a familiar face returns.

Mike Bratz, the Denver Nuggets' director of player personnel and a backup point guard for the Kings during their first season in Sacramento, arrived in town Thursday to finalize a deal to become the team's assistant general manager.

League sources confirmed the negotiations on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced an agreement.

Bratz would reunite with Pete D'Alessandro, who left the Nuggets' front office to become the Kings' new general manager.

Bratz joined Denver as the team's scouting director in 2009. He would help D'Alessandro decide whom to take with the seventh overall selection in Thursday's NBA draft.

The Kings were widely criticized for using last year's No. 5 pick on Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, who was traded to Houston during the season.

The next player selected was point guard Damian Lillard, who won the Rookie of the Year award with Portland. The seventh player chosen, Harrison Barnes, had a productive season with the Golden State Warriors.

Before joining Denver, Bratz worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers for nine years in various roles, including scout, director of player personnel and director of basketball operations.

New Kings head coach Michael Malone was an assistant coach with the Cavaliers during part of Bratz's time in Cleveland.

Bratz starred at Stanford from 1974 to 1977 and was inducted in the school's Hall of Fame in 1997.

He played for six teams in nine NBA seasons. He played his first three seasons with the Phoenix Suns. After stops in Cleveland and San Antonio, Bratz played for the Chicago Bulls in 1982-83. He was the last player to wear No. 23 for Chicago before Michael Jordan.

Bratz played two seasons with Golden State before ending his career in Sacramento, where he played in 33 games for the Kings in 1985-86.

After his playing career, Bratz served as an assistant coach with the Kings from 1991 to 1997 under Rex Hughes and Garry St. Jean. Bratz also was an assistant coach for Washington (1999-2000).

More workouts - The Kings will host a six-player predraft workout today.

Guard Archie Goodwin (Kentucky), forward Ian Hummer (Princeton), forward Mareks Mejeris (Spanish Club CB Clavijo), forward Nick Minnerath (Detroit), center Mike Muscala (Bucknell) and guard Khalif Wyatt (Temple) are scheduled to participate.

None of today's players is projected to be drafted by the Kings in the first round but would be options in the second round.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Mike Bratz, who's close to becoming the Kings' assistant general manager, ended his playing career during the team's first season in Sacramento (1985-86).

Age: 57 (born Oct. 17, 1955).

College: Allan Hancock (1973-74) and Stanford (1974-77).

Drafted: Third round (66th overall) by Phoenix in 1977.

NBA career: Played nine seasons for six teams; averaged 18.1 minutes, 7.0 points.

Post-playing career: Assistant coach for the Kings (1991-97) and Washington (1999-2000), front office for Cleveland (2000-09), director of college scouting, director of player personnel for Denver (2009-13).

Connections: Bratz worked with Kings head coach Michael Malone in Cleveland and Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro in Denver.

Did you know?: Bratz was the last Chicago Bull to wear No. 23 before Michael Jordan.

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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