The Sacramento Kings continued their efforts to snatch talent from the Golden State Warriors, this time tabbing Dubs Hall of Famer Chris Mullin to join their rebuilt front office, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
Mullin had been serving as an advisor in Sacramento, but the announcement of his official hiring points to a bigger set of responsibilities. He'll join majority owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro, head coach Mike Malone and power forward Carl Landry as current Kings with recent Warriors ties.
According to Kings.com, Mullin's official title is "Advisor to the Chairman" and he'll be charged with providing input to Ranadivé and D'Alessandro on player transactions. He'll also oversee the organization's scouting program—both at the collegiate level and overseas.
Mullin served as the Warriors' executive vice president of basketball operations from 2004 until 2009, and to say his tenure produced mixed results would be putting it kindly. That period was marked by the occasional impressive find in the draft—Monta Ellis in the second round in 2005, for example—but also by atrocious long-term contracts and ugly lottery misfires that hamstrung the Dubs for years.
Patrick O'Bryant, Ike Diogu and Anthony Randolph all came to the Warriors as lottery picks on Mullin's watch. In addition, he gave hefty, multi-year contracts to the likes of Adonal Foyle and Derek Fisher.
Nonetheless, Mullin is regarded as something of a saint in the Bay Area, so it'll certainly sting a bit to see him join up with the Kings.
Once he gets settled, he'll have a hand in deciding the team's cloudy future. For the first time in years, it's at least clear that the Kings have a home in Sacramento, but that's where the certainties stop. The team will eventually have to decide whether or not to trade DeMarcus Cousins while also positioning itself to effectively tank in advance of the loaded 2014 NBA draft.
And when training camp rolls around next month, Mullin will also have to help sort out a roster that features upwards of a dozen rotation players but no stars. He and Malone will have to decide on a way to clear the logjam at every position but center.
It's fun to imagine a world in which Mullin has total control over the Kings. Hypothetically, the team would be in for a couple of key changes.
First, Jimmer Fredette's shaky position on the roster would suddenly solidify. If there's one thing Mullin loves, it's a lights-out shooter who doesn't play a lick of defense. You might say he has personal experience in the role.
Second, buzz cuts would probably become mandatory. They're aerodynamic, easy to maintain and have been proven to increase jump-shot accuracy by a significant margin. Just ask Mullin.
Well, even if things don't go quite that far, it's great to see Mully land a front office job despite a shaky record as an executive. And the expectations aren't exactly through the roof in Sacramento, so perhaps he'll fare better than he did with the Warriors.