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June 15, 2013
Kings hire Pete D'Alessandro as new general manager

The Kings have hired Pete D'Alessandro as their new general manager, a source confirmed.

D'Alessandro will replace Geoff Petrie, who has been the Kings' top decision maker in basketball operations for 19 years, but will not have his contract renewed when it expires June 30.

D'Alessandro comes to the Kings after serving as vice president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets last season. He'd been with Denver for three seasons.

The hiring ends a search that saw new majority owner Vivek Ranadive going with an executive that his touted for his statistical analysis and knowledge of the salary cap.

Memphis general manager Chris Wallace and former Indiana general manager David Morway had met with the Ranadive recently.

D'Alessandro was praised by former Denver general manager Masai Ujiri for his work. D'Alessandro played a key role in the Carmelo Anthony trade that allowed the Nuggets to trade their star while also acquiring enough talent to remain competitive in the Western Conference.

D'Alessandro will have to get caught up on the Kings' roster quickly as the NBA Draft is June 27. The Kings own the seventh overall pick in the first round and have been running draft workouts under the supervision of Petrie's staff.

D'Alsessandro isn't new to Northern California, having worked under Chris Mullin in Golden State for four seasons (2004-08) including two years as assistant general manager.

D'Alessandro's hiring only adds to a tumultuous offseason for the Nuggets. Since being upset in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs by Golden State, the Nuggets will go into next season without two key leaders.

Ujiri left to become Toronto's general manager after the Nuggets granted him permission to speak with the Raptors. Ujiri was NBA Executive of the Year this season.

D'Alessandro was considered a top candidate to replace Ujiri, but the Nuggets granted him permission to interview for the Kings job.

Coach George Karl, weeks after being named NBA Coach of the Year, was fired last week.

The remaking of the Kings' front office likely isn't complete. Someone like Wallace could still be brought in as president of basketball operations.

D'Alessandro will also have to fill out his staff and begin assessing areas such as the scouting department.

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