Report: With power shifted to Vlade Divac, Kings’ GM Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro headed to Denver

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You have to wonder what this means for the coaching candidacy of Mike Malone.

Pete D’Alessandro was the stats friendly GM brought into Sacramento from Denver three years ago, only to see his power slowly be stripped away under owner Vivek Ranadive. Most recently, basketball decision making power was shifted to Vlade Divac.

So D’Alessandro is heading back to Denver, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro is finalizing a deal to return to a front-office job with the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche organizations, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

D’Alessandro will serve in an operations position, answering to president Josh Kroenke, league sources said. A formal agreement and title will be completed on Thursday, sources said.

D’Alessandro is returning to a shifting situation with the Denver Nuggets. They want to remake the roster and locker room chemistry, and are expected to be very active around the draft and through the summer on the trade market. However, the coaches they have interviewed require very different rosters — the defensive-minded Mike Malone on one side and the offensive system mind of Mike D’Antoni on the other. Interim coach Melvin Hunt lands in the middle and is the favorite to land the gig.

Monroe was the coach in Sacramento when D’Alessandro was the GM, they have a relationship. Wojnarowski’s report tries to play that down.

Ranadive forced D’Alessandro to fire coach Michael Malone in December, but D’Alessandro’s arrival in Denver will have no negative impact on Malone’s candidacy to become Nuggets head coach, sources said…. D’Alessandro wouldn’t be working closely with the head coach.