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McNair lands a trio of talent for the front office

New Kings GM Monte McNair is wasting no time in assembling his new front office staff. The team announced the hiring of Wes Wilcox as Assistant GM, Phil Jabour as VP of Player Personnel, and Paul Johnson as Director of Basketball Operations.

The trio will join Ken Catanella as the group prepares for the November 18 NBA Draft and free agency shortly thereafter.

Wilcox is the most prominent name of the three. He recently served as the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks and was a finalist for the head job with the Kings. He brings a wealth of experience and is well-connected in the NBA universe.

Jabour most recently worked with the Philadelphia 76ers and spent five years with McNair when they were both with the Houston Rockets. He will primarily focus on scouting and talent evaluation.

Johnson Leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder front office and will assume the general manager role for the Stockton Kings of the G-League as well as several other responsibilities with the parent club.

“I am excited to have Wes, Phil and Paul join the front office,” said McNair. “Wes’ background as an executive in the league combined with Phil’s veteran leadership through the scouting ranks and Paul’s proven experience in evaluating talent will be strong additions to the basketball operations group. Their diverse skill sets, and unique perspectives will add valuable knowledge and innovative thinking as we focus on executing our vision of building a winning culture in Sacramento.”

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