Past experience indicates the Kings may be ignoring negative history
"It takes work. That’s why Geoff has been successful in the Draft, because he’s taken the time to go to Europe twice, in like two weeks, to make the effort to go there and see these players firsthand. So he’s not relying on everybody else. He does the leg work. Our scouts do the leg work. They work very hard at gathering the information — psychological testing, physical testing, mental testing and everything you can to hope you can ensure that we will pick the best possible player at that spot."
[O]wners Joe and Gavin Maloof have kept in contact with Reggie Theus since he was fired in December. That's unusual in most settings, and especially since people piled on after Theus lost the job, except that the Maloofs and Theus are all very personable and were friends before his 2007 hiring. It doesn't hurt that he came off as the sympathetic figure in the breakup and was vindicated as the Sacramento downfall only accelerated after the change.
"When we do get a call, Gavin or myself, we just ask them to get a hold of Geoff and that Geoff would be happy to talk to them, and then Geoff and that particular candidate can go from there. That's what I tell them. ... I don't turn anybody down. I think if somebody calls us, and they're interested enough to make the call, what I usually tell them is that Geoff is making the decision, he's the president of basketball operations, and you have to square it with him and go through him."