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May 23, 2013
Ranadive plans to move "quickly" to resolve front office, coaching situations

There a lot of people to see at today's Long Live the Kings Rally at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento.

I couldn't speak with everyone (sorry, no chance to chat with Chris Webber or Mitch Richmond), but there was some news to be found at the rally:

*New majority owner Vivek Ranadive met with basketball president Geoff Petrie today. Nothing can be decided until Ranadive's ownership group is officially in control. Ranadive said he would move "quickly" for a resolution to runs the front office and the coaching situation. He plans to meet with Keith Smart, too.

*Instead of being on the road scouting, Petrie is in town this week. The plan was to attend the group pre-draft workout in New Jersey.

That doesn't mean the scouting work has stopped.

Wayne Cooper, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Mike Petrie were in New Jersey. They plan to attend group workouts next week, too. There are workouts in Minnesota, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

*Also spotted at the rally was former Minnesota general manager David Kahn. Kings fans might remember him as the man that compared legendary draft bust Darko Milicic to Vlade Divac during a summer league broadcast.

He was replaced in Minnesota by Flip Saunders recently. Kahn drew criticism for collecting too many point guards in Minnesota, but did have the foresight to draft Ricky Rubio among them.

Still, no indication he was in town to replace Petrie. Kahn was involved in the development of Bankers Life (formerly Conseco) Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. That arena would be a great model for the new downtown arena.

*Tyreke Evans said Smart was good for his career, but also realizes there is a chance Smart won't be his coach next season.

"He played me at different positions, helped me get better at things, got me used to playing without the ball in my hands," Evans said. "I think it was good for me to try new things."

*Evans said he would wait to see how things changed before deciding his future with the Kings. The Kings could control it by making him a restricted free agent. Until then, Evans said he's "happy" to still be a King.

*Isaiah Thomas said he still keeps "in touch weekly" with Smart. They still exchange texts over basketball strategy while watching playoff games.

*The Kings hold a team option on Thomas for next season. Given his productity and bargain of a deal for next season ($884,293) it's hard to imagine Thomas would not return.

"I just want to see us progress and become a playoff team," Thomas said. "We have the talent to become a playoff team, we've just got to put the right pieces around everybody and just go for it all."

The playoffs are also on Evans' mind.

The Kings haven't been close to making the postseason in his first four seasons.

"This is about to be my fifth year and I just need the playoffs," Evans said.

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