Abdur-Rahim added to Kings' front office as lone holdover

Published: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Whether in Denver or Sacramento, Pete D'Alessandro wanted to work with Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Abdur-Rahim, a former Kings forward and NBA All-Star, was an assistant general manager under Geoff Petrie and is the only holdover from Petrie's staff.

Abdur-Rahim and new assistant general manager Mike Bratz give D'Alessandro more of a staff than he had anticipated entering Thursday's NBA draft.

"(Bratz was) the guy I wanted," D'Alessandro said. "And when I thought I had a shot at the Denver job and I saw things going on here, to take it a step further, I actually wanted Shareef as well. I wanted to bring Mike and Shareef over there, and when I got the position over here, it's just the way it lined up."

D'Alessandro said he considers Abdur-Rahim a rising star among front-office personnel.

Abdur-Rahim, the No. 3 overall pick of the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1996 after starring at Cal, retired as a King in 2008 and became an assistant coach for the team. He moved to the front office as assistant general manager in 2010.

D'Alessandro didn't say what title Abdur-Rahim would have but that it's "safe" to say he would be on his staff.

"I evaluate talent in front offices – I think the good people do," D'Alessandro said. "When you go out on the road and you're watching players, you've got draft workouts and (you're) doing all that stuff, who are the guys out there looking for a job and who are the guys who are actually down there, taking notes and paying attention to what they do? And he's one of the top-notch people."

D'Alessandro said he's also pleased that he was able to hire George McCloud as a scout.

"George is a true scout, and he probably doesn't like seeing his name out there because of that," D'Ales- sandro said. " … His eye for talent is impeccable. Again, another former player, a great person and a person who will set an example and set a tone."

D'Alessandro said McCloud is an "outside-the-box" thinker whom he has known since he was a player agent in the 1990s. He said McCloud's strength is finding complimentary players. McCloud scouted for Golden State when D'Alessandro worked for the Warriors.

"Whenever I spoke to George, it wasn't, 'Hey I really like that player,' " D'Alessandro said. "It was, 'I like that player, but not on that team. I like that player on this team for this reason.' And he always had reasons for how someone plays off someone. I found that his ideas a lot of times … came through."

The status of another former member of the Warriors' front office remains unclear. D'Alessandro said there is no update on whether Chris Mullin will join the Kings as a consultant.

No comment, no problem – Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been told by his agent, Dan Fegan, not to comment on the Kings. Cousins is eligible for a contract extension this summer.

D'Alessandro said he has a good relationship with Fegan and looks forward to meeting with Cousins.

"A lot of this stuff gets somewhat blown out of proportion," D'Alessandro said. "This league is what it is; there (are) no surprises here. I can't wait to get my time to sit down with DeMarcus. I think face time is what it really is. You don't know someone until you look them in the eyes. …"

Lunch time – Former UCLA guard-forward Shabazz Muhammad attended Saturday's predraft workout but did not participate after hurting his left ankle in a workout in Minnesota.

It was Muhammad's second visit with the Kings. He said he sat out as a precaution and will be ready for the NBA Summer League next month.

"It's just tender," Muhammad said. "It's nothing where I have major ankle problems. (I'll be healthy in) probably a week, (if) that."

Muhammad had lunch with D'Alessandro after the workout.

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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