It’s been a busy day in Sacramento. Shortly after the joint Willie Cauley-Stein, Cameron Payne pre-draft workout, Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee reported that Mike Bratz would be replacing Pete D’Alessandro as Sacramento Kings general manager on an interim basis.
Kings president of basketball/finances Vlade Divac names assistant general manager Mike Bratz interim GM in light of D'Alessandro's exit.— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) June 11, 2015
Bratz joined the Kings organization as the assistant general manager shortly after D’Alessandro was hired back in June of 2013.
With the draft just 14 days away, this was the most logical move for the Kings to make after D'Alessandro's exit. Bratz has unquestionable familiarity with this roster, and has been a key member of the front office since Vivek Ranadive purchased the team. Bratz also acts as a sort of bridge between Vlade Divac, ownership, and George Karl since Bratz had spent time with Karl in Denver. Considering Karl had been campaigning for D'Alessandro to keep his job since his arrival, I would assume having a friend in Bratz on staff is the next best thing.
For a quick refresh on Bratz’s NBA experience prior to joining the Sacramento Kings two years ago, I'll point you towards the original press release from his hiring back in 2013.
Bratz spent the past three years working alongside D'Alessandro with the Nuggets, most recently as the team's director of player personnel.
A member of Stanford's Hall of Fame, Bratz was drafted in the third round by Phoenix in 1977. He played for six teams over nine seasons, including for the Kings during the franchise's inaugural season in Sacramento in 1985-86.
Bratz also served as a Kings assistant coach for seven seasons, which included work as a scout and radio analyst. He has worked in various scouting and coaching roles for Utah, Cleveland, Washington, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Clippers.