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Sources: NBA Returning To Seattle As Maloofs Sell 65% Controlling Interest In Kings
Published January 21, 2013
LOOKING AHEAD: YAHOO SPORTS' Wojnarowski cites sources as saying the new NBA ownership group has "begun discussing possible candidates to run its franchise and has deliberated whether to target" Spurs GM R.C. Buford and former Pacers President Larry Bird. Sources said that Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie, who is in the final year of his contract, "will not be retained." Petrie is "expected to retire at season's end" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/21). CBSSPORTS.com's Zach Harper writes the new owners "have to find a direction for their team." Petrie and other front office employees "most likely ... will be shown the door." New people with "fresh ideas and a better understanding of how to build a team in today's NBA would take over and figure out what they have with this roster" (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/21). Longtime NBA writer Peter Vecsey on his Twitter feed wrote former Lakers and Bulls coach Phil Jackson could be involved with a new Seattle franchise in a front-office role. Vecsey wrote Jackson would not coach but would "mentor" the team’s coach (TWITTER.com, 1/20).
SLEEPLESS NO MORE: In Seattle, Steve Kelley writes under the header, "You Can Believe It Now: NBA Is Coming Back." Kelley: "I just have the feeling, judging by the smart and understated way Hansen and his colleagues have gone about the arena proposal and the acquisition of this team, they will be equally good at finding the right people to make the right personnel decisions." They "are winners." Fans may "never open our arms to commissioner David Stern, but he wanted this deal to work." Kelley: "He told me four years ago he wanted Ballmer in the league. The league is better with Hansen and Ballmer in it" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/21).