In a bit of surprising news, the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones reports that Shareef Abdur-Rahim is no longer with the Sacramento Kings front office.
Word from sources is Shareef Abdur-Rahim will no longer be with the Kings. No comment from the team.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 24, 2014
Abdur-Rahim was the only holdover from Geoff Petrie's staff, served as dir. of player personnel and GM of Reno Bighorns.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 24, 2014
Odd timing considering training camp starts this weekend.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 24, 2014
It's unclear as of yet why Abdur-Rahim and the Kings have parted ways. Shareef got a bit of a demotion last summer when he went from Assistant General Manager to Director of Player Personnel (Jerry Reynolds' former position) after Mike Bratz was brought in to be Pete D'Alessandro's Assistant. Shareef did take a big role with the Reno Bighorns as their General Manager, but that's not as exciting as working in the NBA. In his article on Abdur-Rahim, Jones speculates that Bighorns Assistant GM and Kings scouting coordinator Chris Gilbert could take over Abdur-Rahim's job with Reno.
Whatever the case, Shareef Abdur-Rahim will be missed in the Sacramento community, and I wish him the best wherever his career takes him.