The Sacramento Kings announced today that Shareef Abdur-Rahim would assume the role of General Manager of the Reno Bighorns, the team’s NBA D-League affiliate. The Kings and the Bighorns announced the single-affiliation partnership back in July, which allows the Kings organization to manage the Bighorns basketball operations entirely.
Abdur-Rahim, now in his fourth season in the Sacramento front office, will also keep his title and role as Director of Player Personnel for the Kings. In the previous three seasons he served as assistant General Manager under Geoff Petrie, and kept by new General Manager Pete D’Alessandro when he took over in June.
Chris Gilbert, currently a Basketball Operations Coordinator for the Kings, will serve as Bighorn’s Assistant General Manager.
The Kings are the seventh NBA team to own a single-affiliation partnership with a D-League squad. Currently, the Kings have three players—Ben McLemore, Ray McCallum and the newly signed Trent Lockette—who could play in Reno this year, but Abdur-Rahim can sign many more youngsters to the Bighorn’s roster. Considering Abdur-Rahim’s high status in the organization, it seems the Kings really intend to use the Bighorns to the fullest extent.