Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Geoff Petrie is all but certain to leave his post after 19 years with the team, according to a report from Sam Amick of USA Today. Petrie is coming to the end of a three-year contract extension signed in December 2009. As Amick reports, neither Petrie nor the franchise ownership wants to extend the relationship into the 2013-14 season:
Petrie is in the last year of his contract, and people close to him and the Maloofs say it's all but certain that his 19-year run with the Kings will come to an end this summer. Even if the Maloofs surprised all involved and offered Petrie a new deal, one person close to the 64-year-old said they were "99.9% sure he wouldn't take it" because of his desire to retire.
Petrie took over as Sacramento's President of Basketball Operations and General Manager in 1994, after a nine-year stint in the Portland front office. He is the only GM the franchise has employed since the Maloofs purchased the team in 1998. Petrie is a two-time NBA Executive of the Year.
Prior to becoming an NBA executive, Petrie averaged 21.8 points per game in a six-year career with the Portland Trail Blazers. He was a two-time All-Star and the co-NBA Rookie of the Year in 1971, and is one of nine players who has had his number retired by the Blazers.