With Monte McNair now installed as the Kings GM, the focus turns now to his staff. The staff around Golden 1 Center is lacking, to say the least. Many basketball ops staffers were furloughed as the season ended, and Assistant GM Peja Stojakovic resigned along with Vlade Divac. For front office holdovers, that left Ken Catanella.
Sam Amick reported yesterday that Catanella was expected to stay on with the Kings and join McNair's staff. Today we got confirmation from James Ham.
NBA source confirms that Ken Catanella is expected to stay on and work on Monte McNair's staff in Sacramento.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) September 18, 2020
Catanella has been Kings Assistant GM since 2016, and serves as a CBA expert and contract guru. He's found creative ways to structure contracts for Kings players, including decreasing contracts and non-guaranteed years, which have helped to offset the premium the Kings often pay to convince players to sign in Sacramento.
Catanella also has a prior connection to Joe Dumars, having worked for Dumars with the Detroit Pistons.
Despite Catanella's ties to the previous front office and to Dumars, this should be viewed as good news. Ken has shown a creativity with contracts that is a valuable skill in the modern NBA, and could become even more important in the coming years as the league faces the financial impacts of COVID-19.