The Kings have reached an agreement with Pete D'Alessandro to be their general manager, according to Yahoo! Sports.
D'Alessandro was the VP for the Denver Nuggets, who lose yet another key guy in their front offices. The Kings were even rumored to have interest in TNT's Kenny Smith for their GM position, but D'Alessandro has a solid track record and should help the Kings improve. Sam Amick previously reported that Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks would follow D'Alessandro if he landed the Kings job, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Spurs assistant GM Scott Layden is a candidate for the Kings GM job, a source told ESPN's Marc Stein.
The Kings GM search includes seemingly every name under the sun, and it's not clear when the team might ultimately make its hire. Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace was previously reported as the favorite, but the race seems wide open at this point.
TNT's Kenny Smith could join the Kings front office as the team's general manager.
Smith acknowledged he's been "talking" with Vivek Ranadive, but it's hard to see how he'd be an inspirational choice as the first GM in the Ranadive era. "That's all I'm going to say," Smith said. Ranadive has now spoken with Larry Bird, Chris Wallace, Travis Schlenk, Mike Dunlevay, David Morway and plans to interview Pete D'Alessandro as well. Sacramento is casting a wide net in its search to revamp the front office.
The Nuggets have granted permission to the Kings to speak with Pete D'Alessandro.
D'Alessandro is the VP of basketball operations for the Nuggets and he's a candidate to take over as the Sacramento GM. The Kings were able to get their coach in Mike Malone and they would obviously like to come to terms with a GM before the draft. Brooklyn assistant GM Bobby Marks could also join D'Alessandro in Sacramento.
Updating a previous item, Chris Jent will join Mike Malone's staff in Sacramento.
Jent spent some time at Ohio State since 2011 before assisting with the Cavs and he has been known for his emphasis in shooting. He's received some credit for improving LeBron James' jumper to top his resume, which couldn't hurt Sacramento. The Kings ranked 27th on jumpers from 16-23 feet and Tyreke Evans' 31.3 percent on all of his jumpers needs some work, too.
The Kings have offered Ohio State assistant Chris Jent a three-year deal to serve as Mike Malone's top assistant, sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Jent has been on Thad Matta's staff since 2011. Before joining the Buckeyes, Jent was an assistant with the Cavaliers where he worked with Malone. Jent's specialty is as a shooting instructor and he served as LeBron James' personal shooting coach while both were in Cleveland.
Contrary to a previous report, Vivek Ranadive did not meet with Larry Bird on Wednesday to discuss a role with the team.
In response to a report from Peter Vecsey, the Sacramento Bee reports the Kings have "been in conversations with Larry Bird about a role in running basketball operations," but it's not clear what the role would be or when the two sides have actually spoken. Bird is reportedly asking for a $5 million salary and a piece of the team, so the asking price is steep. Ranadive is expected to meet with other candidates in order to replace Geoff Petrie.