Shareef Abdur-Rahim: "I still have my same role as director of player personnel, so I'll scout, look for guys that fit what we're doing with the Kings."

Kings notes: It's two jobs in one for front-office holdover Abdur-Rahim

Published: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 - 6:25 am

SANTA BARBARA – The lone front-office holdover from last season is a busy man.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim was an assistant general manager under Geoff Petrie and was retained by new general manager Pete D'Alessandro as director of player personnel.

Abdur-Rahim is also the general manager for the Kings' D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. Abdur-Rahim's primary focus is on the Kings during training camp, but he is always monitoring players that might fit in with Reno.

"With Reno, we're always in the process of keeping our eyes open in regard to guys who might fit what we're doing here (with the Kings)," Abdur-Rahim said. "It's a different process because we have to let what happens in the NBA training camps materialize first before you can really identify all your guys."

Now that the Kings run the Bighorns, there is more emphasis on finding young players the Kings can develop in the D-League into contributors in Sacramento in the future.

From this year's training camp roster, Trent Lockett, DeQuan Jones and Brandon Heath are players the Kings would have D-League rights to and candidates to join the Bighorns after camp.

Abdur-Rahim also must monitor players on other rosters that might be cut and could play for Reno.

In some ways, Abdur-Rahim's roles overlap because even if he weren't the general manager for Reno, he'd still be following players throughout the NBA and college.

"I still have my same role as director of player personnel, so I'll scout, look for guys that fit what we're doing with the Kings," Abdur-Rahim said.

"Obviously there are guys you know from the past years (scouting) that haven't made it to the NBA. There are guys this year that may not stick and you try to identify them and keep tabs on them."

Going deep – Following Saturday morning's practice, forward Jason Thompson was working on his jump shot – deep jump shot.

If Thompson took another step back, he would have been taking three-pointers.

Thompson said the three-point shot is something he wants to add to his game.

"I always could do it, and the one thing about it is just showing it," Thompson said. "I don't want to limit myself and settle. … I can extend (my shooting range). It is one thing I worked on."

Thompson said he also worked on his ballhandling to become a better all-around player. Thompson, however, doesn't plan to become a long-range specialist.

He is a career 49.9 percent shooter, but has been off from beyond the arc most of his career.

Thompson has attempted 28 threes in his career and made just one. He hasn't made a three-pointer since the 2009-10 season, his second in the NBA.

Next stop – The Kings conclude practices at UC Santa Barbara with one final practice. After that, the team will fly to the Bay Area to prepare for Monday's preseason opener at Golden State.

It will mark the return to Oakland for several members of the Kings organization who were a part of the Warriors last season. That includes principal owner Vivek Ranadive, whose birthday also is Monday.. They do not

Coach Michael Malone and forward Carl Landry also were with the Warriors last season.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Kings have D-League rights to Hamady Ndiaye. They do not. Story updated at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

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