Vivek Ranadive felt he'd found his new general manager last week after interviewing Pete D'Alessandro.
Still, the Kings owner made a phone call who knows D'Alessandro well - his boss from 2004-08 in Golden State - Chris Mullin.
After being told by Mullin that D'Alessandro was the "smartest guy out there" Ranadive was assured he would be making the right decision by picking someone he considered a "long shot" for the job.
Ranadive preferred an executive with experience and this is D'Alessandro's first time being in charge of a team's basketball operations.
It also meant Ranadive's first two hires had ties to Golden State.
New coach Michael Malone was an assistant for the Warriors the last two seasons.
"I had a very high bar for this," Ranadive said. "And when I spoke to Pete it just clicked. The fact that he was at Golden State was not a factor."
The Kings have already offered Mullin a job as a consultant for the team.
D'Alessandro is the man over basketball operations but adding an experienced voice is something the Kings would like to do as part of the new regime.
"We'll have to look at how we can have Mully help us," Ranadive said. "He's a legend in the area and we all know him well and it would be great to have his help."