These days, it’s easy for anyone associated with the Sacramento Kings to get a bad rap.
But amidst all the muck and mire, all the internal (and external) drama and bad decisions, one man’s reputation has remained unscathed: GM Geoff Petrie.
And although it has been quite a while since the days when Petrie routinely (and mercilessly) robbed teams of top draft picks and quality utility players, in recent years he has continued to do what he does best: turn chicken crap into chicken salad.
Most impressively, he has done so with his hands (and checkbook) tied behind his back.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 Petrie steals of all time, a Sacramento-era greatest hits of swindling and piracy if you will.
Note: This list includes only the Petrie moves involving players. Coaches, assistants and other personnel decisions were not counted, although hiring Rick Adelman would clearly rank near the top if they were.