Kings general manager Monte McNair adds front-office staff

Report: McNair makes first additions to Kings’ front office originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Monte McNair reportedly has started to build his front office.

The Kings’ new general manager and head of basketball operations went on a shopping spree Tuesday night, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, adding talent from around the league.

Sacramento is bringing in Wes Wilcox as an assistant GM, as well as Phil Jabour as vice president of player personnel and Paul Johnson as director of basketball operations, Wojnarowski reported.

New Kings GM Monte McNair is reshaping his front office, hiring former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox as assistant GM, Philadelphia’s Phil Jabour as VP of Player Personnel and OKC’s Paul Johnson as Director of Basketball Operations, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 14, 2020

The trio joins holdover Ken Catanella, who remained with the team as an assistant GM after the departure of Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic.

Wilcox, who worked as the GM for the Atlanta Hawks from 2015 through ’17, was a candidate for the head job in Sacramento before the Kings chose McNair to take over the team. In addition to his time in Atlanta, he has worked for the Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Cleveland Cavaliers in a variety of roles, including assistant coach and advance scout.

While McNair doesn’t have any crossover during his time in the league with Wilcox, he does with Jabour. The two worked together with the Houston Rockets from 2007 through ’11. Since his time with the Rockets, Jabour worked for the Orlando Magic and spent the last six seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers in a variety of roles. 

Jabour has a long history as a scout in the league, including the last 15 months as the director of scouting for the Sixers. He’s a nice complimentary piece to McNair, who specializes in analytics.

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Johnson previously worked as a pro evaluation coordinator for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he recently was promoted to an assistant GM position of the OKC Blue of the G League.

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Clearly, McNair’s first round of hires focused on scouting, which should be a major emphasis for the Kings. The NBA draft is a little over a month away, and Sacramento has four total picks.

There is no early word on whether this is the extent of McNair’s hires. 

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