Mullin to join Kings' front office

Updated: September 4, 2013, 1:34 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Chris Mullin is joining the Sacramento Kings' front office, according to sources familiar with the team's plans.

Sources say that Mullin has been recruited by the Kings to expand upon his previous senior advisory role in support of new general manager Pete D'Alessandro and majority owner Vivek Ranadive.

D'Alessandro broke into NBA management under Mullin when the Hall of Famer was running the Golden State Warriors' basketball operations from 2004-09, and he has been using Mullin's input on personnel moves since succeeding longtime Kings personnel boss Geoff Petrie in June. Ranadive, meanwhile, was a minority owner of the Warriors before emerging this past spring as the head of a consortium that won the battle with Chris Hansen's group in Seattle to buy the Kings from the Maloof family and keep the franchise in Sacramento.

When Ranadive hired D'Alessandro, he credited Mullin's strong recommendation as a key factor, saying: "[Mullin] told me Pete's the smartest guy out there."

Mullin had been an NBA analyst for ESPN and ESPN Radio since the 2010-11 season. The two-time Olympic gold medalist left the Warriors at the end of the 2008-09 season.

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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