As the Sacramento Kings continue looking for a new general manager, a new name has been introduced to be in the running for the job. Apparently, TNT analyst and former NBA player Kenny Smith is a candidate.
According to Sam Amick, of USA Today Sports, Smith has confirmed that there have been talks between the two parties:
The former Kings player and TNT commentator told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday night that he has been in discussions with new owner Vivek Ranadive. Longtime general manager Geoff Petrie has been told that he will not be re-signed after his contract expires later this month, and Smith is clearly hoping to be part of the new regime.
“We’ve been talking; we’ve been talking,” Smith said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
Smith certainly doesn’t lack confidence, and has said that he believes he has been a winner all his life and would have a clear vision if the opportunity presented itself.
While there is no official word from the Kings organization, Smith has admitted that he is considering other opportunities in the NBA aside from his broadcasting career — whether it is a front office opportunity or a coaching job.
Smith was drafted sixth overall by the Kings in the 1987 NBA draft, and went on to have his glory days with the Houston Rockets. He won two NBA championships with the team in 1994 and 1995.