In a bit of a unique move, the Sacramento Kings hired a head coach yesterday without having a general manager in place. However, their search for a GM may be coming to an end soon and it appears that Chris Wallace of the Memphis Grizzlies may be the favorite to land the job.
Per Marc Stein of ESPN:
Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has taken the early lead in the Sacramento Kings’ search for a new head of basketball operations, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that Wallace’s interview this week with new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive went well enough that it stretched into a second day.
Wallace’s resume in the NBA runs deep, working for four teams in a scouting capacity before being hired by the Boston Celtics in 1997, eventually taking over the general manager duties there in 2000.
After nearly seven years in Boston, Wallace moved on to Memphis where he’s been applauded for a handful of moves, one of which was the questionable (at the time) trade of Pau Gasol, netting the Grizzlies not only cap space to bring in Zach Randolph but also acquiring Pau’s brother, Marc Gasol, in the deal.
The Kings are still intervewing potential candidates to replace long time GM Geoff Petrie, but a decision should be coming soon.