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June 22, 2013
Pete D'Alessandro talks after Saturday's predraft workout

Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro spent some time with the media today and covered a few topics.

There were several interesting tidbits but I've picked out a few that caught my attention.

*D'Alessandro said if he'd been hired in Denver as general manager he would have looked to add Shareef Abdur-Rahim to his front office.

Abdur-Rahim is the only holdover from Petrie's staff. Mike Bratz was hired as assistant general manager.

"I evaluate talent in front offices," D'Alessandro said. "I think the good people do. When you go out on the road and you're watching players, you've got draft workouts and doing all that stuff, who are the guys out there looking for a job and who are the guys who are actually down there, taking notes and paying attention to what they do. And he's one of the top-notch people."

*D'Alessandro spoke highly of George McCloud, who is onboard as a scout

D'Alessandro called McCloud an "outside-the-box thinker" and a "blend guy" in terms of how he spots talent.

It's one thing to point out the obvious - LeBron James is a good player. But spotting players that can play with someone like James is a skill McCloud has, according to D'Alessandro.

"Those are the guys he's really good at identifying," D'Alessandro said.

That will be important with the Kings. Many scouts around the NBA describe the Kings as a collection of individual talent that doesn't blend well together.

D'Alessandro has known McCloud since the 1990s, when he was still playing in the NBA and D'Alessandro worked for a sports agency.

"Whenever I spoke to George it wasn't 'Hey I really like that player,'" D'Alessandro said. "It was 'I like that player, but not on that team, I like that player on this team for this reason.' And he always had reasons for how someone plays off someone. I always found that his ideas a lot of times they came through."

*D'Alessandro also discussed two of his players. He said he's spoken with Tyreke Evans, who was at Friday's predraft workout.

He also addressed DeMarcus Cousins, who has been instructed by his agent Dan Fegan not to say anything publicly about the Kings.

Cousins is eligible for a contract extension this summer. But that's a tricky proposition as long as Cousins' maturity is a concern after run-ins with coaches, teammates, officials and a broadcaster in his first three seasons.

If not for those issues, offering Cousins a maximum contract would be close to a no-brainer.

Cousins' silence could be interpreted as a sign he wants to be traded, but that is not the case. He does not want to be traded.

Fans, however, would like to hear that from Cousins.

D'Alessandro said he has a good relationship with Fegan.

"A lot of this stuff gets somewhat blown out of proportion," D'Alessandro said. "This league is what it is, there's no surprises here. I can't wait to get my time to sit down with DeMarcus. I think face time is what it really is. You don't know someone until you look them in the eyes. I don't want to have a phone call. It'll happen, we'll get there and I will keep you updated."

*Right about now Shabazz Muhammad might be finishing up lunch with D'Alessandro.

Muhammad was at the practice facility today for a predraft workout but sat it out because of a sore left ankle.

D'Alessandro said he's seen Muhammad play and was looking forward to sitting down with him for lunch.

This is Muhammad's second visit with Sacramento, so it's obvious the Kings are considering him with their first-round pick in the draft.

D'Alessandro said his war room is set up and his team will be ready for Thursday's draft.

*D'Alessandro likened Bratz to a "free agent signing."

Why?

"He's that good."



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