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May 28, 2013
Petrie's era in Sacramento coming to an end

Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie was informed last week he will not return next season under new majority owner Vivek Ranadive.

Once the sale of the Sacramento Kings closes, decisions on Petrie and head coach Keith Smart can be made official.

The move was expected as Petrie's contract expires June 30 and new ownership planned to evaluate and revamp the Kings basketball operations.

Petrie joined the Kings in 1994 and was twice named Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year (1999, 2001).

Recent years haven't been as good to Petrie. Under financial restrictions and trying to rebuild through the draft, the Kings have missed the playoffs the last seven seasons.

And the NBA Draft hasn't been good to the Kings, lately. After finding what appeared to be two key players (Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins), the last two drafts haven't proven to be fruitful yet.

The Kings passed on the likes Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kenneth Faried and Nikola Vucevic to select Jimmer Fredette in 2011 in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Fredette, however, was beaten out by Isaiah Thomas for playing time and has yet to find a consistent role in two seasons.

The Kings were ecstatic to select forward Thomas Robinson fifth overall last year, but he was traded during the season to Houston, where he struggled to find playing time.

Travis Schlenk is the name most associated with the Kings to replace Petrie. Schlenk is the Golden State Warriors assistant general manager.

Given Ranadive's ties to the Warriors as a minority owner and that he is consulting with staff in Oakland during this process, Schlenk's name will remain in the forefront.

Smart is under contract for next season, but is not expected to remain as coach.

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