Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro is a “significant candidate” to become the athletic director at St. John’s in New York, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweeted.
Chris Monasch announced his resignation as St. John’s athletic director on Thursday, effective June 30, and the university announced that it will conduct a national search to replace him. Monasch, who has been the athletic director since 2005, hired alumnus Chris Mullin as men’s basketball coach on March 30. Mullin had been a special adviser to Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive. D’Alessandro also graduated from St. John’s, in 1986, one year after Mullin.
D’Alessandro oversaw personnel decisions for the Kings until Vlade Divac was hired as vice president of basketball and franchise operations in March.
A league source said D’Alessandro hasn’t been offered the job by his alma mater.
Mullin, formerly Golden State’s executive vice president, hired D’Alessandro in 2004 as director of basketball operations for the Warriors.
After D’Alessandro was praised by Kings ownership for acquiring forward Rudy Gay in December 2013, this past season was turbulent, largely because D’Alessandro and Mullin pushed for and eventually received approval to fire coach Michael Malone. That decision is a major reason Ranadive brought in Divac and put him in charge of basketball decisions.
D’Alessandro also has been criticized for deals that did not pan out last season, such as the signing of Ramon Sessions and the failure to acquire more when guard Isaiah Thomas was traded to Phoenix for forward Alex Oriakhi and a trade exception.