The June draft changed all that, and basically earned Petrie this extension. Sacramento had the league’s best shot at the No. 1 overall pick, only to fail in the lottery and end up with the fourth pick. That ended up working out in Sacramento’s favor, as superstar guard Tyreke Evans fell into the Kings’ lap. Later in the first round, the Kings took Omri Casspi (one of the league’s five most productive rookies this season). In the second round, the team scooped up bruiser Jon Brockman, who has instantly become a fan favorite.
The Kings sit in striking distance of .500 despite injuries to Kevin Martin and Francisco Garcia, with a suddenly fantastic young core. Jason Thompson has continued to develop, and while 2007 Petrie pick Spencer Hawes isn’t breaking through, the current starting unit is among the youngest in the league, and it’s hanging with almost every opponent. Petrie also nailed his most recent coaching search, hiring Paul Westphal, after he and the Maloofs combined to botch two (Eric Musselman and Reggie Theus).
Petrie’s extension comes with some other interesting developments of note. Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee has reported that Petrie’s extension — in which Petrie will make in the next three years combined what he drew in salary this season alone — came hand in glove with a major promotion for Petrie’s son Mike, previously a Kings regional scout. The younger Petrie was promoted to assistant vice president of basketball operations. VP of basketball ops Wayne Cooper had “general manager” added to his title, according to Amick, making him a clear No. 2 under Petrie. Meanwhile, former agent Jason Levien, who was added to the front office as an assistant general manager and team counsel last season, maintained his position.