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Report: Calvin Booth out, Kings expected to make final decision by end of week

The GM search is quickly coming to a close.

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 Calvin Booth, the recently promoted General Manager of the Denver Nuggets, has withdrawn his name from the search.

While Booth's exit isn't exactly shocking, considering he was rumored to have withdrawn earlier in the week, Wojnarowski also reported that Vivek Ranadive's decision will come very, very soon.

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.

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Kevin Lam
8 days ago

That’s encouraging to hear:

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.

Hopefully Vivek actually sticks to that this time.

Adam Dieter
8 days ago
Reply to  Klam

How long before they can pick their own coach?

Kevin Lam
8 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

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Jeromy Simonoff
8 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

not soon enough!

Kas Keyes
8 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

We’re talking to YOU Billy Donovan!!!!

Jeromy Simonoff
8 days ago

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…

Bryant Strause
8 days ago
Reply to  Sacto_J

Dear Vivek,

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.

Thanks,

Peja (Ex Assistant GM)

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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
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Bryant Strause
8 days ago

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…

Greg Lederman
8 days ago

Wes Wilcox would be a disappointment, yes?

Adam Dieter
8 days ago
Reply to  Gregoryl

At this point and with this much smoke around Gupta…yes.

Steven Cheng
8 days ago
Reply to  Gregoryl

Am I the only one here who’s worried about Wilcox’s name is still on the list of the finalist?

Richie J
8 days ago
Reply to  02kingsfan

That worries me, but the reports that Gupta’s the front-runner are encouraging.

Maxwell Huss
8 days ago
Reply to  Gregoryl

I’d be a little disappointed if McNair were the pick also, to be honest.

Richie J
8 days ago
Reply to  AirmaxPG

I have a slight preference for Gupta, but I’d be fine w/McNair.

Maxwell Huss
8 days ago
Reply to  richie88

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.

Richie J
8 days ago
Reply to  AirmaxPG

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

Greg Lederman
8 days ago

At least the tie works.

Shawn S
8 days ago

Will they be given the power to choose a coach as well?

Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago

“YES*”
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*beginning in 2022

Greg Lederman
8 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

*as long as the choice is “Luke Walton”.

Richie J
8 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

I think the 2021 offseason is probably the actual date.

Parker Wells
8 days ago

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.

First Last
8 days ago
Reply to  Wonderchild

Source?

 “you’re still building positive relationships with other executives and major players in the media.”

Rob Hessing
8 days ago
Reply to  Marty

To be fair, this organization probably is a favorite of other team’s executives.

Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

Vlade was banished from the Kingdom, and there was much sadness in the neighboring lands.

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Parker Wells
8 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

at least one is interviewing as his replacement.

First Last
8 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

true, true.

Parker Wells
8 days ago
Reply to  Marty

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.

Steven Cheng
8 days ago
Reply to  Wonderchild

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

Parker Wells
8 days ago
Reply to  02kingsfan

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.

andy sims
8 days ago
Reply to  Wonderchild

I’m reasonably certain that Ranadivé 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.

Ranadivé’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.

Parker Wells
8 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

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.

andy sims
8 days ago
Reply to  Wonderchild

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 Ranadivé’s call.

Parker Wells
8 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

There’s only one stage-5 clinger left to evict, right?

Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

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)

…once Lose Walton is bounced and gets into the personal trainer game at an L.A. Fitness in Northridge…

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Maxwell Huss
8 days ago
Reply to  Wonderchild

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.

Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  02kingsfan

Speaking of which, maybe this GM series could have started with the first one that bit the dust.
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Rob Hessing
8 days ago

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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

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andy sims
8 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

Pretty sure that’s the Piss Boy.

First Last
8 days ago

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?

Rob Hessing
8 days ago
Reply to  Marty

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Adrienne Maloof.

First Last
8 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

Y’all are in rare form today.

Like pretty much every day. 🙂

Richie J
8 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Probably Matina &/or Vivek.

David Echard
8 days ago

John Salmons heard about the free 1-2 year vacation pay. He’s interested.

Adam Dieter
8 days ago

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?

Greg Lederman
8 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

McNair is from CA. That may help.

andy sims
8 days ago
Reply to  Gregoryl

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!”

Richie J
8 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

I read an article in The Athletic that said, among other things, Gupta’s newly married.

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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  richie88

Every commenter on TKH: “Greg, would you mind hanging out in the lounge when Gupta makes his introductory news conference?”

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Richie J
8 days ago

Booth was the top candidate IMO, but I’ll be fine if Gupta &/or McNair is hired.

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andy sims
8 days ago

I still find it hard to believe that people are still naming kids “Monte.”

Adam Dieter
8 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

But you gotta admit, Monte McNair is quite snappy.

Rob Hessing
8 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

Sounds like someone that would hijack a Delorean time machine.

Kevin Lam
8 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

Fitting you in particular reference Marty McFly…
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andy sims
8 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

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.

Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

Dads who name their son after them BELONG IN A MUSEUM!
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Parker Wells
8 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

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.

Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  Wonderchild

Oh NO YOU DIDN’T
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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

How about Monty?
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andy sims
8 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

Monty?!?

Eric W
8 days ago
Reply to  andy_sims

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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago

Never go Full Monty

Carlos Cordova
8 days ago

Dear Vlade & Grant,

Luka – All NBA First team

MBIII – All injury First team

Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  sonny

Dear Vivek,

See above. This is what happens when you don’t make good hires.

Good luck with the interview process!

Kevin Lam
8 days ago
Reply to  sonny

One of three people disliked this comment.

J Man
8 days ago
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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

I saw this dude walking around Sutter’s Fort.

Tom Cutter
8 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

I think it was an class 4 manifestation without EVP confirmation?
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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
Reply to  ZillersCat

Confirmation is for Catholics

LIKE ME!
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Rob Hessing
8 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

Don’t buy him alcohol…
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he’s a miner.

T D
8 days ago

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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
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Kevin Lam
8 days ago
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Ican Hascheezburger
8 days ago
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Kevin Lam
8 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

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Rob Hessing
8 days ago
Reply to  Klam

Wipe your cache!

J Man
8 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

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Dave Hackett
8 days ago

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.

Dwight Krieger
8 days ago

Looks like we got a GM….Monte McNair according to the Athletic

Steven Cheng
8 days ago
Reply to  kgdobter

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.

J Man
8 days ago
Reply to  kgdobter

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