HoopsHype Pete D'Alessandro rumors

December 10, 2013 Updates

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

“Our fans deserve for us to be aggressive. It’s important for us to pursue things and try to get this thing right. We look at them as partners in this thing, so every move we make and everything we do, really, we consider them. After what they’ve had to live through in recent years, this is our way of showing them what we’re trying to do and showing that we’re going to get this thing right. It’s going to be a process for the Sacramento Kings, but I think we have to be aggressive in everything that we do.” HoopsWorld

November 26, 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. HoopsWorld

“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

“You’re always talking with your staff and evaluating the league to see what opportunities may be out there,” D’Alessandro said in a phone interview. “Early in the year, it became clear that we may have an opportunity to acquire Derrick. We did a lot of work and spent a lot of time doing background and research. His talent, we’ve seen that going back to his time at Arizona. We hope this is a fresh start for him. We feel this is a great environment for him to come here and get that fresh start.” HoopsWorld

November 2, 2013 Updates

Pete D’Alessandro: It was agonizing. I spent the last month, month and a half (deliberating). And you and I spoke about this, I spent a lot of nights where I actually stayed up looking at this thing. It’s not easy. Look, the thing about it is, we have a lot of evaluation to do – we do. We have guys that are coming up on extensions and we had the option and everything was kind of coming on this Oct. 31st date, which look, it’s part of the system. But it’s a date that is kind of awkwardly thrust in there and for us, it was even more awkwardly because we just started at the beginning of July. So it was a difficult process for us as a front office and as a management group. At the end of the day, our season begins, we have the ability to sign all of our guys and we continue evaluating. Cowbell Kingdom

Pete D’Alessandro: I think trying to keep flexibility… That’s a product of the business of the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) and how the new league kind of works. But also, I think a lot of it is the newness to us and understanding what it is that we have out here. And I think we feel really good about a lot of the things that you see out here. Cowbell Kingdom

Pete D’Alessandro: At the end of the day, I had to decide what’s next for the Sacramento Kings and what I felt was next for us was time. Really, time to evaluate it and think we valued the ability to continue that process more at this point. Cowbell Kingdom

October 29, 2013 Updates

SacKings taking their time deciding whether to pick up Jimmer Fredette's 4th year option. The Kings have until Halloween to decide whether they'll pick up the fourth year option on Fredette's rookie contract. Pete D'Alessandro doesn't anticipate a decision being made before then. "Yeah, I would expect (nothing before the deadline)," the Kings GM told Cowbell Kingdom. "We have until Thursday, so we’ll have an internal process and conversation and come to a decision. Obviously, we’ll have to do it by then. So I would think probably we'll take our time up until the deadline." Sulia

October 27, 2013 Updates

The team also has to decide whether to pick up the option on Jimmer Fredette’s contract for the 2014-15 season. Vasquez and Patterson are eligible for contract extensions that would begin with the 2014-15 season and could sign for as many as five years. The Kings could opt not to sign either player and make them qualifying offers after the season and make them restricted free agents. “We’re still looking at things and evaluating before making a decision,” said general manager Pete D’Alessandro. “… I think there’s some spirited conversations going on about all the guys near the deadline.” Sacramento Bee

October 17, 2013 Updates

The Kings have 14 guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season, one below the league maximum. But with Carl Landry out three to four months after surgery to repair a torn left hip flexor, the team has 13 players that figure to be ready for opening night on Oct. 30. "I'm not sure what (general manager) Pete D'Alessandro's plan for that last spot is right now, but I think 'H,' as we call him, has done a lot to showcase his abilities as to why he should be on this team," said Kings coach Michael Malone. Sacramento Bee

September 23, 2013 Updates

New Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro, who has been scouting the EuroBasket tournament in Slovenia, is scheduled to return to Sacramento early this week and resume negotiations that sources say are well under way. Cousins is said to be seeking the five-year max deal in the $80 million range that teams can award their designated franchise player, as already seen with Wall in Washington and soon to be repeated this week with George in Indiana. ESPN.com

September 16, 2013 Updates

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