It’s been rumored for weeks that long time Sacramento Kings general manager Geoff Petrie would not be retained by the new ownership group and if a report from USA Today’s Sam Amick holds true, that indeed looks like it will be the case.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Ranadive has begun the process of finding a replacement for Kings President Geoff Petrie and is considering San Antonio Spurs President R.C. Buford, Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace. Former Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway may also receive consideration, and Ranadive’s internal list is not thought to be limited to this group.
The names of most should be familiar to many, with Spurs President R.C. Buford topping the list.
In addition to Buford (who’s generally thought of as one of the premier minds in professional basketball) is Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace who has not only helped construct a winner on Beale street, but also assisted in building a winner in Boston when he was a member of the Celtics front office.
The Pacers David Morway was a key cog in building the Indiana Pacers current roster with Larry Bird and Golden State’s Travis Schlenk is widely regarded as one of the best talent evaluators in professional basketball.
No matter which direction the Kings go, it appears they’ll certainly be upgrading heavily if they’re successful in their bids.