On Wednesday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN dropped a couple of mini-bombs regarding the Sacramento Kings current hunt for a new Head of Basketball Operations. Calvin Booth, the recently promoted General Manager of the Denver Nuggets, has withdrawn his name from the search.
Denver Nuggets GM Calvin Booth has withdrawn from the Sacramento Kings search for a new head of basketball operations, sources tell ESPN. Booth was promoted to GM under President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly after Arturas Karnisovas left to run Bulls.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 16, 2020
While Booth's exit isn't exactly shocking, considering he was rumored to have withdrawn earlier in the week, Wojnarowski also reported that Vivek Ranadive's decision will come very, very soon.
Kings decision on a hire is expected this week among other finalists - Minnesota’s Sachin Gupta, Houston’s Monte McNair and former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox, sources tell ESPN. Those three interviewed in Northern California in recent days. https://t.co/ivvWf3P5mu
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 16, 2020
Sachin Gupta of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monte McNair of the Houston Rockets, and Wes Wilcox of the Atlanta Hawks will make up the final list of candidates, with Gupta as the favorite according to Carmichael Dave of KHTK. Meanwhile, James Ham of NBCS has reported that the Kings are seeking to name one person to run the entire wing of basketball operations for the Kings, and that person will be given free rein to name their second-in-command, if they so choose, no matter who is or isn't hired from the remaining pool of contenders.
Based on the process that has been followed, the appropriate amount of time that has been taken, and the experience of applicants still remaining, it seems as though the Kings have chosen to pursue a more traditional path toward finding their new front office, and that certainly bodes well for this team's future. Whether Vivek Ranadive ends up choosing Sachin Gupta, Monte McNair, or Wes Wilcox, ownership will have found a qualified, quality executive to manage the franchise's basketball operations.
That’s encouraging to hear:
Hopefully Vivek actually sticks to that this time.
How long before they can pick their own coach?
not soon enough!
We’re talking to YOU Billy Donovan!!!!
It won’t matter who we hire if Forde hasn’t convinced Vivek that the only way for anyone to succeed in the role is for Vivek to keep his damn opinions to himself and give the authority to whoever the new hire is to make decisions as they see fit whether Vivek (and his otherworldly depth of basketball genius) agrees or not.
Here’s to hoping and to a quick turn-around to respectability…
We know you have a kings herald burner account. Thanks for viewing and please read Sacto_J’s comment. Kings fans will begin to love you if you stop meddling and do things the correct way. Oh, and Vlade and I would like to thank you for paying our salaries while we are away.
Peja (Ex Assistant GM)
I have a feeling we will be hearing Gupta’s name by the end of the week.
Whoever it is, it will be interesting to see how they fill out the rest of the staff. The hired candidate will have plenty of time to fill out the other front office roles and prepare for draft and offseason. Things will get interesting.
Here comes the first domino…
Wes Wilcox would be a disappointment, yes?
At this point and with this much smoke around Gupta…yes.
Am I the only one here who’s worried about Wilcox’s name is still on the list of the finalist?
That worries me, but the reports that Gupta’s the front-runner are encouraging.
I’d be a little disappointed if McNair were the pick also, to be honest.
I have a slight preference for Gupta, but I’d be fine w/McNair.
Yeah I think McNair would be a league average hire. Better than Wilcox, but still kind of “meh”.
Part of that feeling I think stems from the fact that Gupta is in the running.
It would be like if you knew you were getting a company car. They are going electric, and you’re either getting a Prius, Leaf, or Cybertruck.
It would be kind of neat to have a Leaf, but I’d be a little bummed we didn’t get the Cybertruck. That would’ve been fun. A little more unknown, but more fun.
Gupta seemed a little better than McNair, but both of them seemed like they’d be roughly average, so I’m fine w/the Kings hiring McNair.
Spoiler alert: It’s Scott Perry
At least the tie works.
Will they be given the power to choose a coach as well?
*beginning in 2022
*as long as the choice is Luke Walton.
I think the 2021 offseason is probably the actual date.
Even with the failures in this process, you’re still building positive relationships with other executives and major players in the media. And a lot of that needs to happen to help rebuild the image of this team, both on and off the court.
“you’re still building positive relationships with other executives and major players in the media.”
To be fair, this organization probably is a favorite of other team’s executives.
Vlade was banished from the Kingdom, and there was much sadness in the neighboring lands.
at least one is interviewing as his replacement.
I was just speaking plainly.
I remember reports of other executives complaining how hard it was to deal with Vlade. His “speaking in person” preferences, getting calls from multiple people in the front office offering trades (from the Karl days), and just his general lack of knowing what to do and how things worked.
What’s more alarming is he was able to keep his job for as long as he did and even got an extension for assisting the Mavs out of their own rebuilding process. I am still skeptical about Vivek until he can hire someone not named Perry or Wilcox
The extension is what first gave me the gut feeling that Vivek didn’t care about wins/losses on the court as long as he made money on Kings related ventures. Then other research such as annual rank in payroll, reducing overhead positions, high employee turnover just affirmed those suspicions.
But I admit it’s completely possible I’m trying to fit those things into my narrative, since it’s all conjecture based evidence.
I’m reasonably certain that Ranadive cares about wins and losses, and that he’s not overwhelmed by the need to make gigantic profits from the team.
His problem, then and now, is that there were/are far too many holdovers from the Maloof regime. The penny-pinching organizational structure was already in place, and I’d guess that he was disinclined to do a massive shakeup.
I absolutely guarantee that it was one of these hacks that suggested that Divac be hired to run the show.
“It’ll be great! Did you know that Vlade used to play basketball? He was instrumental on some of our great teams along time ago, even though they didn’t actually achieve anything noteworthy. The fans love him! What could go wrong?”
It’s that kind of clubby, insider culture that has wrecked any number of companies, institutions, and organizations. It has been legion with the Kings since before I moved here in 2001. The new Head of Ops has got to have the autonomy to hire or fire whomever he pleases.
Ranadive’s hands-on approach at the outset is understandable, in that he had already achieved so much, and it’s just basketball, man! How hard could it be? If I just purchased a thing that cost half-a-billion dollars, I would absolutely want to pull the strings. It’s natural, and I doubt that there are many of us that wouldn’t have begun the same way.
I don’t know if he’s resigned himself to being the organization’s head cheerleader, and letting the basketball people take care of the basketball. He has, however, handled the executive search in an entirely sensible way, and if nothing else, he isn’t repeating this particular mistake.
Time will tell, but this feels like a fresh start, and once Lose Walton is bounced and gets into the personal trainer game at an L.A. Fitness in Northridge, we may yet get clean of the legacy of organizational misfeasance.
Baby steps, but at least they’re finally being taken.
This sounds like it deflects too much blame from Vivek, especially what happened last offseason (Joerger firing/Vlade extension).
But I agree with your last few paragraphs. This seems like an eerily normal, logical approach to hiring a FO staff. And that feels odd to me.
I had been under the impression that dumping Joerger was the General Manager’s decision, given that he was given free reign to hire almost anyone he wanted and chose Lose Walton after thinking about it for thirty seconds.
(I’m being generous here.)
But the extension, yeah, absolutely. If you thought I was negative about Vlade being appointed GM, that was nothing compared to the very thought that anyone was waving signs and screaming “FOUR MORE YEARS.”
I still think some of that resulted from the parasitically clingy holdovers from the Maloof years wanting their advice validated. But in the end, it was Ranadive’s call.
There’s only one stage-5 clinger left to evict, right?
I will check on this after he’s fired.
(heck, maybe I’ll even hire him as a personal trainer just so I can personally fire him)
I think you are all forgetting they had just won THIRTY NINE games! And *only* 9 games out of the coveted 8th seed. I mean, a four year extension and firing the coach were the only logical courses of action.
Speaking of which, maybe this GM series could have started with the first one that bit the dust.
Pretty sure that’s the Piss Boy.
With Vlade gone, I wonder who the internal source is that Ham and others are speaking with?
It seemed in the past JJ and Ham had a direct line to Vlade, but I wonder where that line leads now?
Y’all are in rare form today.
Like pretty much every day. 🙂
Probably Matina &/or Vivek.
John Salmons heard about the free 1-2 year vacation pay. He’s interested.
I’m curious, with Booth bowing out for personal family reasons, which is totally understandable, do we know anything about Gupta or McNair’s personal lives. Are they married and with children? Would any of those types of personal items sway them away from coming to California?
McNair is from CA. That may help.
Jesus, let’s hope that’s not a determining factor or some kind of tiebreaker.
“Oh, you like stuff? I like stuff too! Come run the team!”
I read an article in The Athletic that said, among other things, Gupta’s newly married.
Every commenter on TKH: “Greg, would you mind hanging out in the lounge when Gupta makes his introductory news conference?”
Booth was the top candidate IMO, but I’ll be fine if Gupta &/or McNair is hired.
I still find it hard to believe that people are still naming kids “Monte.”
But you gotta admit, Monte McNair is quite snappy.
Sounds like someone that would hijack a Delorean time machine.
Fitting you in particular reference Marty McFly…
I do not care for alliterative names. That’s lazy and stupid. It is additionally egregious if they use the same initial that both parents have. I also don’t think people should give names to their children that all start with the same letter, or go with a rhyming motif, Jim, Kim, Tim. It’s just bad parenting.
And there aren’t more than ten men on the planet worthy of giving their sons their own name, as if it was a reward. It’s pure ego. If Bill Russell or Kareem want to do it, that’s fine.
These are the weighty issues that I burden myself with now that I don’t have to actually commute to work.
Dads who name their son after them BELONG IN A MUSEUM!
I agree mostly. But it’s better than changing the spelling to a common name. For example, changing a vowel to a Y, like Karyn.
Oh NO YOU DIDN’T
How about Monty?
Never go Full Monty
Dear Vlade & Grant,
Luka – All NBA First team
MBIII – All injury First team
See above. This is what happens when you don’t make good hires.
Good luck with the interview process!
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I saw this dude walking around Sutter’s Fort.
I think it was an class 4 manifestation without EVP confirmation?
Confirmation is for Catholics
Don’t buy him alcohol…
he’s a miner.
Wipe your cache!
So happy that Vlade/Peja are gone and we are only a few days away from having a qualified GM taking the reins. Looking forward to next season and actually watching some games without feeling utterly depressed and hopeless.
Looks like we got a GM….Monte McNair according to the Athletic
Gupta did just get to Minnesota not too long ago and his bestie is his boss too. He also just got married so I can why he doesn’t want to leave at the end of the day.