HoopsHype Pete D'Alessandro rumors

February 19, 2014 Updates

Thomas and rookie guard Ben McLemore were the subject of a trade rumor on Monday, but coach Michael Malone and general manager Pete D’Alessandro refuted the reports following practice on Tuesday afternoon. “The report that was, I think on Yahoo!, about our offer to Boston was so erroneous and I don’t know where it came from,” Malone told reporters on Tuesday. “We dispel the rumors that are out there that we know are not true, but at the same time, this is a business and you have no idea what can happen up until trade deadline. I think all of our players realize that.” Cowbell Kingdom

D'Alessandro took exception to the report and chose to make a statement publicly, rather than have it come out through an unnamed source. "I think a lot of people act in ways in this league that I choose not to do," D'Alessandro said. "So, I'm standing here today and I'm saying Ben McLemore is a guy that we have not put in deals. He's a guy that we love here. "So, sources? I think I'm a source. We haven't put Ben in anything," he continued. "We look at Ben as a major part of what we're doing long-term." news10.net

February 18, 2014 Updates
February 17, 2014 Updates

What about the philosophical differences between your coach and your front office? Look, I know people talk about that my coach is always focusing on defense, while guys like Mullie (Chris Mullin, adviser) and Petey (D’Alessandro, general manager) are offense-oriented. And that we have offensive players. It’s no secret the game has become an offensive game, with three-point shots, layups, the rule changes. We all see it. So we have to reconcile that. And I think it’s good. If I had everyone who agreed, why would I want them? Sacramento Bee

What about your personnel moves? Greivis Vasquez didn’t work out, but you were able to shed several contracts in the trade for Rudy Gay. And re-signing DeMarcus Cousins to an extension was another major commitment. Those are two major talents. Are you getting a return on the investment? I’m very pleased with those decisions. When I bought the team, everybody told me the first thing you should do is get rid of DeMarcus, including the previous management. But I just kept an open mind, and I interacted with the young man. And what I saw was a young man who wanted to win and had experienced nothing but chaos during his time with the Kings. Throughout the season he has proven that he wants to win, and he is maturing. I can’t fault him because he wants to win so much. Sacramento Bee

January 3, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers and Kings have been among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of trades, league sources say. On the heels of acquiring Rudy Gay from Toronto, the Kings are “swinging for the fences” on the trade market, one rival executive said. One top priority is shoring up the point guard position, with Andre Miller jumping to the top of the list after his falling out with Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and ensuing two-game suspension. But Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro's true long-term target is said to be Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who will be a restricted free agent after next season. With the Lakers having cooled on the idea of a Gasol-for-Andrew Bynum swap, the Cavs are now exploring other ways to end their experiment with the 7-footer before his $12.25 million salary for this season becomes fully guaranteed on Tuesday. CBSSports.com

December 10, 2013 Updates

Vivek Ranadivé is in constant communication with D’Alessandro and is willing to spend to improve the roster. The Williams trade in addition to the blockbuster seven-player deal that the Kings pulled off Monday came at a price. In fact, the Kings have added about $3.5 million in salary this season and nearly $15 million for next. Adding nearly $20 million in salary over two seasons is a luxury that the Kings have not had in a very long time. Cowbell Kingdom

Aggressive. That’s really the only way to describe what we have seen from Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro and his staff so far in their tenure. Less than 20 games into the NBA season and they’ve already pulled off two major trades that have reshaped an ailing roster and we’ve yet to make it to Christmas. “We need players here in Sacramento,” D’Alessandro said before Monday night’s drubbing of the Dallas Mavericks. “That’s just the bottom line. We’ve had a lot of really good backups for a long time and now we’re starting to acquire starters. That’s the first step.” Cowbell Kingdom

“We’re not kidding anybody,” D’Alessandro said bluntly before Monday’s tipoff against the Dallas Mavericks. “We’re a long way from being a completed product. We have five wins. We need players here.” The purge thus begins in earnest. Finally. Belatedly. Wholeheartedly. Kings fans who have waited almost a decade for this degree of seismic activity can look at the roster and almost recognize a plan, a semblance of sanity, a sense of purpose, a trade that makes sense. Sacramento Bee

Monday’s deal for Gay has Kings execs smiling for two reasons. If he fills the void at small forward and produces on the frontline with Cousins, the organization will attempt to extend a contract that includes a $19 million player option for next season. If his presence doesn’t resolve the small forward dilemma, the Kings can cut him loose after next season (no one walks away from $19 million) and use the money to pursue other free agents. “I put a high premium on talent and character, and Rudy Gay has an abundance of both,” said Bryan Colangelo, the former Raptors general manager who acquired Gay from Memphis last January in a deal that was widely regarded as a salary dump by the Grizzlies. “Obviously, Pete (D’Alessandro) has a mandate to increase the talent level of his team as opposed to depleting it. This move is a pretty good indication of that.” Sacramento Bee

December 9, 2013 Updates

Critics of the Kings' acquisition of Rudy Gay point to his high usage rate and low shooting efficiency. I asked the Kings GM how important it is to look at Gay's numbers in the position he was put in the last few years. "Very important," D'Alessandro said. "That’s a great question. I read everything that everyone reads. We have our processes too and we see things differently. That’s just the nature of that ever-growing and ever-expanding game. We look at him differently than maybe others do. I feel like a lot of times with certain players, it’s where they’re getting the ball, it’s where they’re scoring, it’s the position they’re put in. And I think we have a good idea, we’re talking as a staff a little bit, we have a good idea of what positions that we’d like to put him in." Sulia

December 6, 2013 Updates
December 3, 2013 Updates

Q: So you have to be happy about the early returns on the Derrick Williams trade. He’s athletic, and his overall game looked pretty good in game number one. Pete D'Alessandro: After one game, we feel the way we felt when we did the trade. The one thing about once you make a trade, is it’s more about getting to know the person. You know what you see on the floor, you know what you understand as someone’s potential, but now you get to meet the person. And a big part of, I think, becoming good or great, is about who you are. You see it in a lot of players and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him. Cowbell Kingdom

Q: How long do you need to get to a point where this is your team, with your pieces? Pete D'Alessandro: I can’t put a timeline on it because the nature of this business is that something can happen tomorrow and something might not happen until next year. It’s hard. What I like to say is, you set a goal out on the horizon and try to steer the ship in that direction. And as things happen, you need to be able to react and be flexible enough to react. My constant thought is, are we flexible enough? Are we aiming in that direction? Are we going that way? To put a timetable is really hard, because the opportunities come at different times. They come at surprising times. I read you guys today, and you said, “When is a deal ever done in November?” And it’s probably pretty rare, but the opportunity came in November and so we did it in November. I think that’s going to be the way we work. Cowbell Kingdom

How much input do you have on who plays and who doesn’t? Is it Michael Malone’s show to run or do you say, ‘lets give this guy a look to see what we have here’? Pete D'Alessandro: Michael makes the call on the floor and always will. I have an incredible amount of respect for his decision-making. The thing I really think is unique to us, I think is the respect we pay each other. We speak multiple times a day. We sit right next to each other all day long. I seek his council for player decisions and he seeks mine as well. It’s been that type of a partnership. At the end of the day – at 7 o’clock, this is his show right now and that’s it. Cowbell Kingdom

November 27, 2013 Updates

Just because D’Alessandro pulled the trigger on this trade with Minnesota doesn’t mean he’s done searching for ways to improve his team. Rival executives have said that the Kings have been the most active team in trade talks this season, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. D’Alessandro says that he’ll continue to be aggressive and see if there are additional trades that can make his team better. He believes he owes it to the team’s fans to be as aggressive and active as possible. “I think we always have to be aggressive, I really believe that,” D’Alessandro said. “We can never be satisfied. There are really are only two or three teams in this league that can feel satisfied, and really only one team that should be satisfied. So in terms of aggressiveness, we in particular always need to be aggressive because we have a lot of work to do here. HoopsWorld

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