The only basketball executive to survive last year’s purge under the Kings’ new ownership could be out now, too.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim is no longer with the Kings, league sources told The Bee on Wednesday.
The Kings declined to comment.
Abdur-Rahim wasn’t a visible presencewith the rest of the front office during the NBA Summer League, leading some to question if he was still with team. But he was credited with adding many of the players that won the summer-league championship.
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Abdur-Rahim, a former NBA All-Star forward, was the Kings’ director of player personnel and general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate.
Abdur-Rahim was an assistant general manager under Geoff Petrie before the ownership group led by Vivek Ranadive purchased the team last year. When it was announced that Abdur-Rahim would stay with the team, general manager Pete D’Alessandro spoke highly of him.
“I evaluate talent in front offices,” D’Alessandro said. “I think the good people do. When you go out on the road and you’re watching players, you’ve got draft workouts and 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.”
Abdur-Rahim, who played at Cal, was selected third in the 1996 NBA draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He played for Vancouver, Atlanta and Portland before signing with the Kings in 2005. He was an All-Star in 2002 and a member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 2000.
After retiring following the 2007-08 season because of recurring knee problems, he was an assistant coach with the Kings for two seasons before moving to the front office.
Under D’Alessandro, Abdur-Rahim no longer was an assistant general manager, but he added the title of general manager of the Bighorns. He was responsible for finding players for the Bighorns and the Kings’ summer-league teams the past two years. His duties also included scouting, player evaluations and player development.
The Kings open training camp Saturday, and finding players for the Bighorns won’t begin in earnest until late in camp when players are being released.
Chris Gilbert, the Bighorns’ assistant general manager, could take over the Reno team if no one is brought in to replace Abdur-Rahim. Gilbert is also the Kings’ coordinator of basketball operations, working closely with D’Alessandro and assistant general manager Mike Bratz.
Gilbert joined the Kings last season after eight seasons with the Warriors in various roles. He started working for the Warriors after playing four seasons at UC Santa Cruz and graduating in 2005. Gilbert was with the Warriors when D’Alessandro was Golden State’s assistant general manager under Chris Mullin, who now is an adviser to Ranadive.