The Kings have been playing better, looking like they just might make it to the playoffs under first-year coach Mike Brown.
If so, it’d be a first since 2006.
Well, GM Monte McNair is the man who hired Brown and assembled the roster, and it appears that will not go unnoticed.
Per Marc Stein of The Stein Line, the Kings are expected to extend McNair’s contract — which expires at the end of the season — in early 2023, perhaps as soon as January.
McNair’s original contract was for three years, and per Stein, the fact he has yet to receive an extension already is an “undeniable curiosity” around the NBA.
McNair was hired by the Kings in September 2020, at which time team owner Vivek Ranadive said, “I am excited to bring his extensive experience and vision onboard to lead our basketball operations department.”
Before that, McNair worked in the Rockets’ front office for 13 years, spending much of that time under now-76ers head of basketball operations Daryl Morey.