HoopsHype Geoff Petrie rumors

March 18, 2014 Updates

For the first time since the late 1980’s, Geoff Petrie isn’t doing everything in his power to improve the personnel side of an NBA club. And he’s getting along just fine. “I’m really enjoying other parts of my life that aren’t that much available when you have the jobs I’ve had the last 30 to 35 years,” says Petrie, whose contract with the Sacramento Kings was not renewed last June after 20 years as the club’s president/basketball operations. Such as? “I exercise more,” says Petrie, who lives with his wife of 22 years, Ann-Marie, in Loomis, Calif., 30 miles east of Sacramento on the way to Lake Tahoe. “I’ve been doing a lot of hiking, a lot of bike-riding — outdoor recreational stuff. I spend a lot of time with my dog. I’ve done some traveling.” Portland Tribune

By the end of Petrie’s time in Sacramento, the on-court product turned from very good to very bad, with seven straight losing seasons and no playoff appearances while winning fewer than 30 games in each of the last five years. “We just didn’t have any (resources), really,” Petrie says. “Most of the trades we made were to make money, and we did a lot of that. We were still trying to do things in terms of talent, too, but the economics were always at at the forefront.” The club was sold in May 2013 to a group led by Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Vivek Ranadive for $535 million. A month later, Petrie was gone. “You’d like to write a storybook ending,” says Petrie, who turns 66 on April 17. “But life isn’t like that sometimes.” Portland Tribune

March 4, 2014 Updates

An NBA executive who sat next to then-GM Geoff Petrie while they scouted Fredette sensed that Petrie, also a lottery pick and former long-range marksman, saw some of himself in Jimmer. "That, along with the desire to land the next great white American player and the millions that would be worth at the gate, is pretty powerful," the executive said. "Foreign players just don't connect to your fanbase in quite the same way." Bleacher Report

June 19, 2013 Updates

On Tuesday, Petrie ended his silence. In an interview with The Bee, the longtime executive wanted to make one thing clear - he's happy for Sacramento and the efforts made by those to keep the team in town. "That's where my heart was in the whole thing," Petrie said. "In spite of being grateful to the Maloofs and working for them all those years, I had really strong feelings that the team needed to stay here. My hat's off to those people." Sacramento Bee

Signs of the transition were evident at Tuesday's predraft workouts. Petrie wasn't watching during the portion open to the media. Of Petrie's executives, only Shareef Abdur-Rahim is a candidate to survive the front-office purge. Longtime executives Wayne Cooper and Mike Petrie, Geoff's son, are among those who won't return as D'Alessandro implements his plan for the Kings with changes to basketball and support staff. Sacramento Bee

June 7, 2013 Updates

James Ham: Word is that Geoff Petrie is overseas scouting today. He is not in Sacramento for the Trey Burke interview. Twitter @James_Ham

June 6, 2013 Updates

As Ranadive continues to consider candidates to replace basketball president Geoff Petrie, whose contract expires at the end of the month, Jerry Reynolds said Wednesday he will step down as director of player personnel in anticipation of a new front-office team. "Clearly, with the new GM coming on board, they'll want their own staff," said Reynolds, who has been with the team since its move from Kansas City to Sacramento. Reynolds said he wants to continue in his role as analyst for the Kings broadcasts. "I would love to continue to do television," he said. "Obviously, that's not my decision." Sacramento Bee

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Sources say Ranadive, besides ousting Smart, has already decided to replace longtime Kings personnel chief Geoff Petrie, who had a strong run of good moves in the late 1990s and early 2000s in building a team that showed championship potential but has presided over a barren run since Sacramento's last playoff berth in 2006. ESPN.com

May 29, 2013 Updates

When the new GM is hired could take some time.Geoff Petrie and Co. continue to work on the NBA Draft while the search continues for Petrie's replacement. Ranadive is being advised during this process by the likes of Jerry West, among others. So the search won't be limited to known candidates like GSW asst. GM Travis Schlenk. One situation to monitor is Indiana. If Larry Bird is truly interested in returning to the franchise, Kevin Pritchard becomes an option. Ranadive could also make a run at Bird. In this search, there's no reason Ranadive won't swing for the fences, which is why San Antonio's R.C. Buford came up, even though most don't expect there to be any interest from Buford. Sulia

May 28, 2013 Updates
May 27, 2013 Updates

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Vivek Ranadive has begun the process of finding a replacement for Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie and is considering San Antonio Spurs team president R.C. Buford, Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace. Former Indiana general manager David Morway may also receive consideration, and Ranadive's internal list is not believed to be limited to this group. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search. USA Today Sports

May 25, 2013 Updates

New majority owner Vivek Ranadive met briefly with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie on Thursday before attending the "Long Live the Kings" rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento. Petrie's contract expires at the end of June. Petrie had planned to attend this week's predraft group workout in New Jersey. Instead, he's in California as the transition from the Maloof family to Ranadive's group takes place. Sacramento Bee

May 24, 2013 Updates
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Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie is interviewing prospects for next month's NBA draft while questions about how decisions will be made going forward remain unanswered. In recent months, there had been little if any communication from the Maloofs about the future of the front office amid the proposed sale and relocation to Seattle that league owners voted down last week. "I haven't had the opportunity to talk to anybody yet (from Ranadive's group)," said Petrie, whose contract expires at the end of June. "But my understanding is the sale probably won't officially close for a couple more weeks. How that plays into communication, I really don't know at this point." Sacramento Bee

May 19, 2013 Updates
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Longtime Kings general manager Geoff Petrie is not expected to be retained either after the team's 28-54 campaign, and one possible successor who would certainly bring name recognition was on hand on Thursday night. Warriors legend Chris Mullin, who called Game 6 as a television commentator for ESPN, was in the team's front office from 2004 to 2009 and said he would be open to discussing the situation in Sacramento. He has met Ranadive several times but said they had not yet discussed the possibility. "I definitely would (be interested in the job)," he told USA TODAY Sports. "But you know, it's something that's got to be the right fit. It's gotta be – they need my expertise…I'm not one of those people to go solicit it. But a guy like him, if he called me and he needed me, I'd love that." USA Today Sports

Mullin, who lives in nearby Danville, joked that the geographical challenges that come with their respective locations could be easily solved. "He can pick me up (on his flight from Silicon Valley), " Mullin joked. "Land his helicopter at my house." USA Today Sports

May 16, 2013 Updates

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