On Jan. 30, word spread that Geoff Petrie was nearing the end of his tenure as President of the Sacramento Kings. There has been no official statement from the team, but the Maloofs -- owners of the Kings -- have been reportedly seeking a replacement for the long-time personnel boss.
Petrie still has one year remaining after this season on his three-year extension as team President that he got in 2009.
The Kings' future in Sacramento has been in question as they deal with funding troubles. They were ready to file for relocation last spring, but with the help of NBA commissioner David Stern, Sacramento was able to postpone the possible relocation with a new arena funding plan. But another deadline is on the horizon. Sacramento needs to produce a new arena funding plan by March 1. If one cannot be reached, the Kings will end up in the hands of Anaheim for the 2012-13 season.
The Maloofs responded to the rumors about Petrie in a text message to the Sacramento Bee, refuting any claims that his job was in jeopardy.
"No, this is not true," Joe Maloof texted the Bee. "I had heard about (the rumor). We will be fine. We have had the toughest schedule in the league by far."
Petrie is the author of a long and successful career with the Kings, but the teams has struggled since reaching the playoffs in 2005-06. Since being hired in 1994 as president of basketball operations, he has accumulated two Executive of the Year awards (1999 & 2001).
Petrie, 63, played six seasons for the Blazers. He was co-Rookie of the Year in 1971 and earned two All-star appearances.
The Sacramento Kings have had a busy summer with the NBA Draft, free agency and Summer League. Now in the dog days of summer, we've come to the strange times of the offseason.
Big news is bound to still happen, but this is also the time when new trends take over. The latest is the Drive By Dunk Challenge and Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox joined the party on Sunday.
At the start of the challenge, everyday people started posting videos of themseleves getting out of cars to dunk on random neighborhood hoops. Now even NBA stars are getting in on the #DriveByDunkChallenge.
Along with Fox, Anthony Davis and Jaylen Brown have also posted their own videos of the challenge.
SACRAMENTO -- The rumor mill never takes a day off. De’Aaron Fox and his Sacramento teammates were hit with a new round of speculation Sunday morning when a report broke out of Cleveland regarding the Kings interest in All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
According to Sam Amico, the Kings are expected to offer Fox, along with veteran Kosta Koufos and possibly more for Irving, who is coming off his best season as a pro. The 25-year-old point guard posted 25.2 points and 5.8 assists last season for Cleveland and is under contract for two more seasons with a player option for a third year.
A league source confirmed to NBC Sports California that the Kings have no interest in dealing Fox, who they acquired with the 5th overall selection in June’s NBA Draft. The 19-year-old is considered the future of the franchise at the point guard position and according to the source, any rumor of the team offering him in a deal are false.
Published reports have Irving asking for a trade out of Cleveland. Sacramento was not on Irving’s short list of potential destinations and the likelihood of the Kings coming up with the assets to acquire the four-time All-Star are slim, unless they are willing to completely change course on their rebuild and gut their young core.