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June 12, 2013
Reports: Sund, Layden added to the Kings GM mix

Add two more names to the list of candidates to be the new Kings general manager.

ESPN reports San Antonio assistant general manager Scott Layden.

USA Today also reports the Kings have done background work on former Atlanta general manager and current team advisor Rick Sund, who would partner with Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk.

The longer the search goes on, the names being looked at lose some luster, especially after Larry Bird said no to Sacramento.

Remember when San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford made it clear he wasn't interested in leaving the Spurs?

Apparently the Kings are working their way down the chain of command in San Antonio, looking for the next executive Spurs coach Gregg Popovich might endorse.

Oklahoma City has found success by finding it's general manager on the San Antonio tree with Sam Presti.

The Orlando Magic hired Rob Hennigan last year as general manager. He worked under Presti and also worked for the Spurs.

Layden would come with experience as a general manager. He ran the New York Knicks starting with the 1999-00 season and was fired 28 games into the 2003-04 season.

Layden didn't oversee some of the best times in New York. He traded Patrick Ewing. He later dealt the draft rights to Nene in a deal for Antonio McDyess, who had already been dogged by knee problems. Marcus Camby also ended up in Denver as part of the deal and later won Defensive Player of the Year.

Layden also signed Allan Houston to a six-year, $100 million contract that was criticized as Houston was not viewed as a superstar.

Sund was Seattle's general manager from 2001-07 before being hired in Atlanta. The Hawk made the playoffs in each of Sund's four seasons.

Sund drafted Jeff Teague, but was also criticized for the mega contract the Hawks awarded Joe Johnson with (six years, $119 million) in addition to re-signing forward Marvin Williams, who is best known for being the player Atlanta selected instead of Chris Paul and Deron Williams in 2005.

It will be two weeks on Friday since escrow closed and Vivek Ranadive's ownership group assumed control of the Kings.

Coach Michael Malone was hired promptly. But the search to replace Geoff Petrie, who is the current president of basketball operations, has been expansive.

The following have reportedly received some level of interest about joining the Kings:

Larry Bird
R.C. Buford
Bryan Colangelo
Pete D'Alessandro
Mike Dunleavy
Scott Layden
David Morway
Chris Mullin
Travis Schlenk
Kenny Smith
Rick Sund
Chris Wallace



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