ESPN's Marc Stein reported Friday that Chris Wallace is the leading contender for the Kings' general manager job after a two-day interview in Sacramento this week. In an early Saturday update, Stein reports that Vivek Ranadivé is feeling out Larry Bird's interest and will interview former Clippers boss Mike Dunleavy this weekend.
Reports also suggested that Wallace could look to bring Nuggets assistant GM Pete D'Alessandro aboard if hired. But The Bee's Jason Jones reports that D'Alessandro is "in the mix" for the Kings job. But as the Raptors hired away Masai Ujiri on Friday -- yes, Denver let the reigning Executive of the Year walk away for a $3 million annual contract -- D'Alessandro may end up with that job.
The best news in all of this is the indication that Vivek is willing to spend good coin for the right candidate. You don't want the owners to waste money anywhere, but how disheartening it must be for Denver fans to see their promising young GM leave over a pittance. (Denver Stiffs' Andrew Feinstein has a good take on it.)
I continue to remain perplexed at Oklahoma City's refusal to allow Troy Weaver to interview for GM jobs. That's not normal in the NBA.