Shareef Abdur-Rahim Rumors
Abdur-Rahim disagreed with D’Alessandro’s decision to draft Nik Stauskas last year and expressed his belief guard Elfrid Payton would be a better fit for the Kings. According to multiple sources, Abdur-Rahim’s disagreement angered D’Alessandro, who then barred Abdur-Rahim from attending the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, even though assembling the summer-league team was part of Abdur-Rahim’s responsibilities.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, a former NBA All-Star, has a 12-year-old son named Jabri who already has a very impressive mixtape. Yes, he looks larger than every kid on the court, but between the handle, the reverse layups, the body control, and ability to finish around the basket, you have to assume the Cal Bears – where his father played – will offer him a scholarship tomorrow.
Malone now joins Shareef Abdur-Rahim on the list of ousted employees the Kings hired before D’Alessandro and Chris Mullin — the latter a top adviser who has Ranadivé’s ear. Abdur-Rahim expressed disagreement with D’Alessandro, Mullin, and Mitch Richmond during the draft process, and left the team shortly after an argument on draft night, per several league sources.
The Kings are leaving open the possibility that director of player personnel Shareef Abdur-Rahim will be with the team this season. League sources told The Bee this week Abdur-Rahim, the only executive left from the Maloofs’ ownership group, would not return, but other sources say he can return if he desires. Abdur-Rahim also served as general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate. If Abdur-Rahim doesn’t return, he will be replaced internally. The team also has to hire a new coach for the Bighorns. Joel Abelson recently accepted a job with the New York Knicks.
The only basketball executive to survive last year’s purge under the Kings’ new ownership could be out now, too. Shareef Abdur-Rahim is no longer with the Kings, league sources told The Bee on Wednesday. The Kings declined to comment. Abdur-Rahim wasn’t a visible presencewith the rest of the front office during the NBA Summer League, leading some to question if he was still with team. But he was credited with adding many of the players that won the summer-league championship. Abdur-Rahim, a former NBA All-Star forward, was the Kings’ director of player personnel and general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate.