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Pete D’Alessandro Rumors

The Nuggets have elected to reunite new executive Pete D’Alessandro (late of the Kings) with Michael Malone (late of the Kings). There had been credible reports D’Alessandro (until last week the Kings’ GM) and Malone (until December the Kings’ coach) had a bad relationship and didn’t speak for months. But reports also suggested that Vivek Ranadive — not Pete D. — made the call to can Malone. (It was a bad call.) These are both true. So why are the Nuggets hiring Malone? To me, that says that D’Alessandro is absolutely not calling the basketball shots here. The Nuggets insisted he worked for franchisee Josh Kroenke advising on both pro franchises he runs.