Geoff Petrie Rumors
You are in Sacramento and I know Geoff Petrie is still out here somewhere. Have you talked to him and is he going to be here for your big night? He’s the guy who found you and took the gamble on you when everyone thought he should have taken John Wallace. Have you talked to Geoff? Predraj Stojakovic: Actually we did. He called me this morning. Geoff played a big part in my career. I told him this morning that if it wasn’t for his persistence, I would never have come to the NBA. He was so convincing at that time that I should just believe in myself and that I was worth coming to the NBA. Obviously, he’s the one who believed in me and supported me when I needed him the most in my early career. We are definitely going to see each other, if not tomorrow at the game, for lunch or dinner, because we still have a great relationship. Geoff has been in my corner from day one.
That experiment barely lasted 20 months. Petrie had long run one of the most hush-hush organizations in the NBA, priding itself on its unanimity and discretion. But by the 2009 draft — just seven months after Levien was hired — a rift had developed between Petrie and Levien. Worse, from Petrie’s point of view, was that the rift had hit the media, with reports surfacing that Petrie did not want to draft star Spanish guard Ricky Rubio, while other factions in the Sacramento front office (i.e., Levien) did.
Ailene Voisin: Have always heard Kings passed on Damian Lillard because Geoff Petrie thought Isaiah Thomas just as good and available later in draft
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
James Ham: Word is that Geoff Petrie is overseas scouting today. He is not in Sacramento for the Trey Burke interview.
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.”
Kings announce 6 players to come in in for pre-draft workout on Monday Will Cherry (Montana), Chris Evans (Kent State), Rudy Gobert (Cholet – France), Aziz N’Diaye (Washington), Travis Releford (Kansas), Brandon Triche (Syracuse). The current front office staff under Geoff Petrie will run the workout.
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.
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.
Jason Jones: Geoff Petrie is in Minnesota for the draft workout w/ rest of staff. He didn’t go to New Jersey last week, met with Ranadive instead.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie and the rest of the front office staff and coach Keith Smart met with the following draft prospects today: Alex Len (Maryland), Richard Howell (North Carolina State), Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan), Tony Snell (New Mexico), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) and Reggie Bullock (North Carolina).
The leaguewide presumption remains that longtime front-office chief Geoff Petrie and coach Keith Smart will not be retained by whomever ultimately assumes control of the Kings. Which is a far easier conclusion to reach than trying to identify who’s leading the Kings Sweepstakes at the minute.
I asked Geoff Petrie if the team was considering additional discipline for DeMarcus Cousins following his latest blowup. Petrie said no. Cousins will likely be suspended by the NBA for Wednesday’s game for his elbow to Mike Dunleavy’s head on Sunday. Cousins has five flagrant foul points and will be suspended for a game. Four more technical fouls and Cousins will be suspended for a game. “What would more suspensions do?” Petrie said. “He’s already had a bunch and facing more?” Assuming Cousins is suspended it would be his fourth suspension this season, third by the NBA. Petrie on Cousins controlling his emotions: “It’s more about trying get to the right cause and have some high level understanding to eliminate the things that feed into that.”
The Sacramento Kings today acquired forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich, guard Toney Douglas and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forwards Francisco Garcia, Thomas Robinson and Tyler Honeycutt, according to Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. “We are excited about the addition of Patrick, Toney and Cole,” said Petrie. “They will add skill and depth along with the potential for a different look to our roster. We all want to thank Francisco, Thomas and Tyler for their efforts and contributions.”
Don’t hold your breath. “It’s very unlikely we’d move any of our top players at this point,” basketball president Geoff Petrie said. The unsettled ownership situation has put deals on hold. The Kings’ most desirable player is Cousins, but even before the ownership situation became uncertain, the Kings weren’t dealing him.
There are conversations taking place with the Sacramento Kings that have nothing to do with who will own the team. More than a few league sources openly question whether the Kings management really could make a deal given all of the uncertainty despite their willingness to talk trades. Sources close to the process say until the team is actually sold, the Maloof family and team president Geoff Petrie are not limited in what they can do with the roster, and have engaged trade talks.