Former NBA player and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith told USA Today Sports that he has talked with new Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive about the team's general manager position.
Ranadive told longtime GM Geoff Petrie that his contact would not be renewed when it expires at the end of June. Petrie has been the Kings' GM since 1994 and helped the team make eight straight playoffs appearances. The new owner has reportedly been looking for a widely known name and has spoken with Larry Bird, Mike Dunleavey and others.
Smith, 48, was Sacramento’s first-round pick in the 1987 draft. He told USA Today Sports that he has been on the lookout for front office opportunities.
"We've been talking; we've been talking," Smith said. "That's all I'm going to say."
..."Honestly, I've been looking at both — coaching, and a lot of things have been coming these last couple of years, and this time I've been taking it serious. My kids are at an age where I feel comfortable. And the other years, the kids were just too young. I didn't want to be in it. But I just started taking it serious."