Word has it Kings president Geoff Petrie is about to sign a new deal. Wonder if the Maloof Brothers know he claimed Travis Outlaw (32-104, including 6-35 from deep) off the amnesty wire for $3.5 million.
Vescey is currently the only outlet reporting the contract extension (he’s been known to whiff) and it was muffled in a big piece, so we’re still awaiting more of an official word but the news isn’t being met with the most fan friendly reaction among the Kingdom.
Personally, this (along with the Keith Smart option) reek of the Maloofs uncontrolled excitement and sometimes over exuberance. During last season, spotting a Maloof at a game or near the practice facility was like searching for a leprechaun in an Irish forest. Now, with the team slightly improved and the new sports complex looking like a go, the Maloofs have thrown their passion behind the franchise again – going as far as to sit-in on film sessions with the team, so it appears they’re doing what they can to keep this new found “family” together.
As it pertains to Petrie, I certainly don’t put all of the blame on him. The Maloofs wanted a competitive product in the mid 2000’s, doing their best to re-tool rather than re-build which didn’t work, at all. In addition to that, the past few years he’s been working with the bare minimum financially which is going to make any GM look shameful, but there’s no doubt he’s had his own blunders that can’t be overlooked.
It’s an odd time for an extension. I’ve always personally felt that Petrie is a far better scout than GM, but I’m sure the Maloofs also feel that replacing Petrie wouldn’t be easy nor would they find anything “better”. Still, you have to wonder why now? Questionable time for a reward.