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Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (44) / 1/1/1971

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The Kings have fired head coach Mike Malone, with assistant Tyrone Corbin taking over as the interim coach.
Malone reportedly "didn't meet win-loss expectations of ownership," after the Kings fell to 11-13 without DeMarcus Cousins for the past nine games. Corbin will be "afforded [the] chance" to coach the Kings all year, and he's expected to be push the team's pace at the insistence of owner Vivek Ranadive and GM Pete D'Alessandro. Our own Aaron Bruski reports that the Kings have had internal discussions about and will target George Karl. In addition, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Vinny Del Negro may be a long-term candidate for the position. Mon, Dec 15, 2014 01:34:00 AM

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Mike Malone would like his team to run a more team-oriented offense like the Spurs.

"The reality is we cannot come back and play the same way we played last year," Malone said. "Changes have to be made. And the fact that all three of those guys [Ray McCallum, Ben McLemore, and Nik Stauskas] who are going to play on our perimeter played unselfishly [during Summer League]... they’re moving, they’re attacking, they’re playing with pace. Those guys can help set the tone when our veterans come back in September." Malone has made it a point to emphasize ball-movement, and defense as the Kings try to improve on last year's record of 28-54.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 01:55:00 PM

The city of Sacramento will spend $750,000 on lawyer fees defending itself against a lawsuit charging that city officials offered backroom "secret subsidies" to the Kings as part of the $477 million arena deal approved last month, according to the Sacramento Bee.

We probably shouldn't have passed along this item since the suit has been roundly decried as frivolous by multiple sources with a lengthy track record of success reporting on this item. But here it is if you're into that sort of thing.
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 01:21:00 PM

The Kings are launching an analytics crowdsourcing program to help them make their draft pick.

This might just be for show, but the Kings have been on the cutting edge of their fan interaction. Their fan base had a lot to do with keeping them in Sacramento and they're hoping to make progress on their new arena. Although, a vote on the new arena will not happen on May 13, but team officials remain confident it will be built for the 2016 season.
Fri, May 9, 2014 03:29:00 PM

The Kings hired NBA executive Chris Granger as their new team president on Wednesday.

As reported by Sam Amick, Granger was "heavily involved as league liaison" while the Kings fought (successfully) to approve a new arena deal and stay in Sacramento. He was the former executive VP of Team Marketing and Business Operations for the league, and his hiring represents another step away from the old Maloof regime.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 01:09:00 PM

Mike Bratz will join Pete D'Alessandro in the Kings front office as assistant GM, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Bratz will reunite with D'Alessandro after the two spent time together in Denver. The Kings have completely remade the front office under Vivek Ranadive and it's for the better.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 09:16:00 AM

Mike Malone says his father, Brendan Malone, will join his coaching staff with the Kings.

You may remember Brendan Malone as the first coach of the expansion Raptors. He also had a brief run as the interim coach in Cleveland before the Mike Brown era began. Brendan Malone most recently served as an assistant to Stan Van Gundy with the Magic. He'll now join former Ohio State assistant Chris Jent on Mike Malone's first NBA coaching staff.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 03:47:00 PM

The Kings have reached an agreement with Pete D'Alessandro to be their general manager, according to Yahoo! Sports.

D'Alessandro was the VP for the Denver Nuggets, who lose yet another key guy in their front offices. The Kings were even rumored to have interest in TNT's Kenny Smith for their GM position, but D'Alessandro has a solid track record and should help the Kings improve. Sam Amick previously reported that Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks would follow D'Alessandro if he landed the Kings job, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Spurs assistant GM Scott Layden is a candidate for the Kings GM job, a source told ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Kings GM search includes seemingly every name under the sun, and it's not clear when the team might ultimately make its hire. Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace was previously reported as the favorite, but the race seems wide open at this point.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 08:58:00 AM

TNT's Kenny Smith could join the Kings front office as the team's general manager.

Smith acknowledged he's been "talking" with Vivek Ranadive, but it's hard to see how he'd be an inspirational choice as the first GM in the Ranadive era. "That's all I'm going to say," Smith said. Ranadive has now spoken with Larry Bird, Chris Wallace, Travis Schlenk, Mike Dunlevay, David Morway and plans to interview Pete D'Alessandro as well. Sacramento is casting a wide net in its search to revamp the front office.
Source: USA Today
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 08:22:00 AM

The Nuggets have granted permission to the Kings to speak with Pete D'Alessandro.

D'Alessandro is the VP of basketball operations for the Nuggets and he's a candidate to take over as the Sacramento GM. The Kings were able to get their coach in Mike Malone and they would obviously like to come to terms with a GM before the draft. Brooklyn assistant GM Bobby Marks could also join D'Alessandro in Sacramento.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 05:17:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Chris Jent will join Mike Malone's staff in Sacramento.

Jent spent some time at Ohio State since 2011 before assisting with the Cavs and he has been known for his emphasis in shooting. He's received some credit for improving LeBron James' jumper to top his resume, which couldn't hurt Sacramento. The Kings ranked 27th on jumpers from 16-23 feet and Tyreke Evans' 31.3 percent on all of his jumpers needs some work, too.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 08:49:00 PM

The Kings have offered Ohio State assistant Chris Jent a three-year deal to serve as Mike Malone's top assistant, sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jent has been on Thad Matta's staff since 2011. Before joining the Buckeyes, Jent was an assistant with the Cavaliers where he worked with Malone. Jent's specialty is as a shooting instructor and he served as LeBron James' personal shooting coach while both were in Cleveland.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 03:11:00 PM

The Kings have requested permission to speak with Denver assistant GM Pete D'Alessandro for the Kings GM job.

D'Alessandro is considered an option to replace Masai Ujiri in Denver, but it appears he's a coveted man elsewhere as well. It's not clear if the Nuggets will grant permission or not, and it's possible they won't after losing Ujiri to Toronto already.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 12:50:00 PM

The Kings will interview David Morway for their general manager position, sources told USA Today.

Morway will join the "list of candidates still in the running," and it doesn't look like there is currently a frontrunner. Amick reports that if Morway were to get the job, it would not mean a reunion with Larry Bird because of how their time with the Pacers ended together. Other candidates include Chris Wallace, Travis Schlenk and Mike Dunleavy, who have all been interviewed already.
Source: USA Today
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 08:09:00 AM

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