Hall of Fame forward Larry Bird, who has discussed the Kings GM vacancy with new owner Vivek Ranadive and was said to be at least mildly intrigued, told team officials that he is no longer interested in the position. Bird sat out the 2012-13 season and is weighing whether to return to the Indiana Pacers - where he has an open invitation to resume his role as the team's top basketball executive - or to extend his sabbatical a second season, both for personal and health reasons.
Bird, 56, is the highest profile candidate on Ranadive's wish list. The incoming owner is continuing to speak with a number of individuals about his club's most important front office position, and has interviewed Chris Wallace, Travis Schlenk, David Morway, Mike Dunleavy and Chris Mullin, among others.
Former Kings star Chris Webber, who for years has expressed a desire to rejoin his former club in a personnel capacity, also met with Ranadive on at least one occasion, and his TNT cohort (and one-time King) Kenny Smith on Monday revealed that he has spoken to the new owners about a personnel position.
In the absence of a GM, head coach Michael Malone continues to supervise pre-draft workouts at the Kings practice facility.