Kings strike extension with GM Monte McNair in light of team’s first potential playoff appearance since 2006

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The Sacramento Kings have knotted their extended ties with general manager Monte McNair, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

As relayed by Sam Amick of The Athletic, McNair signed a three-year extension with no option included. McNair signed a deal with the Kings last 2020 which was set to expire at the end of the current season.

This season, McNair ushered Sacramento to a new age of contention that the franchise hasn’t felt for 16 years. The Kings (27-19) are currently sitting at the third spot in the Western Conference and are on the verge of potentially reaching the postseason stage for the first time since 2006.

As such, McNair serves as the architect of the Kings’ ongoing successful structure. He hired Mike Brown as the team’s head coach last offseason, who made wonders within the team with his defensive philosophy and experiences that he brought as Steve Kerr’s former assistant in the Golden State Warriors. Furthermore, he also constructed the team’s promising core which started with the acquisition of Domantas Sabonis from the Indiana Pacers in the previous year.

Under McNair, the Kings also gained a plethora of reliable and gunning role players the likes of Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk. They were able to snag Iowa star Keegan Murray for the fourth overall pick of the recent league draft.

Added by Wojnarowski, the Kings are finalizing a new deal with assistant GM Wes Wilcox, who established a wonderful collaboration with McNair in reshaping the franchise towards a renaissance.

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