Monte McNair Rumors
Jason Anderson: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Kings have reached an agreement on a contract extension with general manager Monte McNair and are also working to finalize a new deal with assistant general manager Wes Wilcox.
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: After orchestrating a remarkable franchise renaissance, Sacramento Kings GM Monte McNair has agreed on a contract extension. Under McNair, who was in final months of his deal, Kings are third in West and on cusp of ending a 16-year postseason absence. pic.twitter.com/6wnv6oDuHz
One league source told me this week that there is a growing expectation around the organization that an extension for McNair is indeed forthcoming and likely to be announced in early 2023. The fact it hasn’t happened yet is an undeniable curiosity in league circles.
Rich Paul: But on the flip side, I think it’s been said—I’m not saying it, I think people have said it, and I think people feel it—that Klutch Sports Group is the most culturally relevant agency. And so when a player signs with Klutch, especially a player at a level of De’Aaron Fox, number one, it’s a shock, number two, it’s like, “Oh, they got another high level, All-Star-caliber guy.” And then number three, in his case, he was already playing with confidence. He’s already been a guy to fill up the stat sheet. They just wasn’t winning. Getting someone like Mike Brown, who’s a championship coach, and then [front office executives] Monte McNair and Wes Wilcox putting some guys on the floor that want to play every night, this is what you get. And for De’Aaron, it’s: “I feel great. I got a baby on the way. I’m married, I got a beautiful wife. I’m playing high-level basketball. We’re winning. It’s great. Why would I want to leave that?”
Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé addressed general manager Monte McNair’s contract status for the first time Wednesday, telling The Sacramento Bee he is happy with McNair’s work but all parties have been too focused on the upcoming season to discuss an extension.
A few of Fox’s peers also attended the wedding including Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair and Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum. Former Kentucky Wildcats Bam Adebayo and Wenyen Gabriel, who was also Fox’s teammate in Sacramento, attended the wedding. Adebayo and Gabriel were two of the groomsmen at the ceremony.