If Trail Blazers call, Petrie should listen
Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie has been rumored for the Portland Trail Blazers' general manager job, which has been vacant for more than a year.
Petrie's ties to Portland are obvious, having lived and worked there for 25 years. He was the Blazers' first-ever draft pick, in the opening round, in 1970; the NBA Rookie of the Year; a two-time All-Star; and a team executive, among other duties. His jersey No. 45 hangs from the Rose Garden rafters.
Petrie, the Kings' hoops boss years before the Maloofs arrived, was the architect who assembled "The Greatest Show on Court" the 2000-01 Kings of Jason Williams (1998 first-round draft pick), Chris Webber (trade), Vlade Divac (free agent), Doug Christie (trade) and Peja Stojakovic ('96 first-round draft pick).
Petrie hired Rick Adelman and brought in his old Princeton coach and mentor, Pete Carril. The executive later traded J-Will for Mike Bibby, making an exciting Kings team into a championship contender. He was twice named the NBA Executive of the Year.
But the Kings haven't been to the playoffs since 2006, not since the Maloofs decided they would rather lose without Adelman than win with him.
Underpaid and underachieving coaches followed. The Maloofs say they want a competitive team but haven't opened their wallets to prove it.
Once in control of the Kings' direction, Petrie seemingly now is steering with his hands tied. With little freedom to make the bold moves he once did, Petrie is trying to rebuild the Kings with a bunch of one-and-done lottery picks and clearance-rack free agents. The results are annual last-place finishes, lottery picks and fired coaches.
Relocation seems more possible than the playoffs.
The Blazers, meanwhile, are owned by Paul Allen, one of the world's richest men.
Petrie has one year left on his contract, and he seems like the kind of man who likes to fulfill his obligations.
His loyalty to the Maloofs is unquestioned.
But enough's enough.
If the Trail Blazers receive permission to call Petrie, he should answer the phone.
What should Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie do?
Stay with the Kings for one more year.
Stay and sign a contract extension.
Leave for Portland.
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