HoopsHype Pete D'Alessandro rumors

June 6, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Kings officials are bringing two Hall of Famers to meet forward Rudy Gay early next week in hopes of convincing him to exercise the option in his contract for next season, sources told Yahoo Sports. Gay has to decide by June 30 whether to exercise a contract option that will pay him $19.3 million next season. Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, a former Kings star, are expected to join Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro and head coach Michael Malone when they meet with Gay. Yahoo! Sports

June 2, 2014 Updates

The Kings begin hosting college prospects for pre-draft workouts this morning with the first of two four-player sessions. General manager Pete D’Alessandro is much more comfortable this year preparing for the workouts. Last year, he was playing catch-up with the Kings after being hired in June. “A lot of talking with agents right now, lining things up,” D’Alessandro said. “I think there are a lot of strategies that are employed by agencies, agents and players through the process and you have to work through the process.” Sacramento Bee

May 21, 2014 Updates
May 7, 2014 Updates

Q: A lot of Kings fans talk about adding a true center next to Demarcus so he can play powerforward as he did in his rookie year. What is your perspective on this? Pete D'Alessandro: It's something I've honestly been considering since the day I got here. It is amazing that a big man can be so versatile and we're really fortunate that we can even have this discussion and I'd really like to know what our fans think about this. Can we get a little help from redditors... DeMarcus at PF or C??? NBA.com

Q: What are some of the biggest needs you see for our team to turn us into a playoff caliber team? Pete D'Alessandro: I think it's still shooting and playmaking. NBA.com

April 28, 2014 Updates

“Our fans know – I think we’ve been very clear about how we feel about their level of talent. I would say with Rudy, I’ve been talking to his agent since the day he arrived. We didn’t trade him to have him for a year, so we’re going to continue meeting with Rudy. One of the things we thought when we did the deal (to acquire) Rudy was it gives him a real chance to not just know our front office, but to know our community. I think he’s really impressed by the community in many ways – because our community really is impressive. One of the proudest moments for me this season, as a general manager, was when he, Aaron and Quincy came walking down the stands when they first arrived and everyone was just cheering. You could see it on their faces, and I think it makes you proud to be a part of a community that supports a team like that. He’s getting to know us from that level, so I think it’s really important. NBA.com

“At the end of the day, this is a business. A decision needs to be made, and there’s a lot involved, but we’ve made no mistake about it with him, and he knows what our intent is with him. NBA.com

“With Isaiah, he’s had an incredible year. He’ll be facing restricted free agency this offseason, and he’s just been so good this year. The way he is with our fans and with his teammates, we just think the world of him. Again, this is a business decision that these men have to make in this League, and we’re going to engage Isaiah’s agents as well. We look forward to making this team better.” NBA.com

April 24, 2014 Updates

Pete D'Alessandro: “When you’re doing a trade, a deal isn’t done until it’s done. I’ve had probably five other deals done this year that weren’t ever completed, but they were right there, and at least one of them that got done was done quickly and out of nowhere. So trades are really difficult in terms of trying to manage the moving parts.” NBA.com

April 22, 2014 Updates
March 28, 2014 Updates

Vivek Ranadive: When I spoke to Pete, I told him, “I’ve got three other candidates that are finalists for this job, and it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get job. I will interview you, and most likely it will be for an Assistant GM [position]. If you want to come out, come out, but the chances of you getting it are one percent.” He came out, and the night before I gave him a call and said, “There are just five questions I have for you,” and then he just absolutely blew me away. Blew me away. He was the kind of 21st century GM that I was looking for. Looking at that, we don’t hold the fact that you haven’t done something against you. (Note: Malone had never been a full-time NBA head coach, nor D’Alessandro a full-time general manager prior to their being hired to those positions with the Kings) Mark Zuckerberg was 21 when he invented Facebook. That’s just how we think. ESPN.com

March 13, 2014 Updates

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