“There is no ego here,” King said. “I’d just like to help. I look at a lot of teams, I think I could help just giving advice. About the lessons I’ve learned over the years, the mistakes that I have made. The GM role in the NBA changed drastically from when I came in. So many teams forget it’s about managing the personalities. Managing the locker room. Managing the coaching staff. If you don’t, it will fall apart.”
For those who might have forgotten, King was that general manager responsible for getting Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guys for a slew of first-round picks, the most notable of which led to the Boston Celtics selecting Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, two players who have played near star level for the Celtics in the playoffs.
Here are the exact terms of the deal, per Basketball Reference:
Traded by the Boston Celtics with Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, D.J. White, a 2017 1st round draft pick (Kyle Kuzma was later selected) and a 2017 2nd round draft pick (Aleksandar Vezenkov was later selected) to the Brooklyn Nets for Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph, Gerald Wallace, a 2014 1st round draft pick (James Young was later selected), a 2016 1st round draft pick (Jaylen Brown was later selected), a 2017 1st round draft pick (Markelle Fultz was later selected) and a 2018 1st round draft pick (Collin Sexton was later selected). (BOS got 2017 #1 overall pick from BRK as result of pick swap)
Ultimately, the Nets didn’t even have a playoff series win to show for. Garnett and Pierce were out of Brooklyn just two seasons after the trade and the franchise has been in shambles due to the fallout of that trade.
King, however, feels that he is still capable of helping a team despite his track record.
“Coaches get hired after unbelievably bad runs with a team, they bounce back and do a great job. Mike D’Antoni coached in Denver, was fired, went to Phoenix and was terrific. I think from a coaching standpoint, [owners] look at track record. They don’t look at GM’s draft record, what did the team do that they helped build.”
Hopefully for him, he does get a job soon as there are multiple teams surely in need of some help in the front office. Also, the blame for the Brooklyn trade should not be solely placed on him as pressure from ownership has a lot to do with it as well.