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Former New York Knicks’ Executive Scott Layden was a Candidate for Sacramento Kings’ General Manager Opening

June 21st, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne

Scott Layden was the New York Knicks' executive vice president and general manager from 1999–2001. He then served the president and general manager in New York from 2001-03. Hall of Fame player and horrible executive Isiah Thomas is credited with running the Knicks organization into the ground. Make no mistake, Layden was a huge part of accelerating the destruction of the Knicks. Despite his checkered past, Layden was able to parlay a single season as the assistant general manager of the San Antonio Spurs into an interview with the Kings for their general manager position.

'Sacramento Kings' photo (c) 2009, Mike - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Scott Layden is the son of former coach and general manager of the Utah JazzFrank Layden. He has experience with the Jazz, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs front offices.

That being said, the Sacramento Kings are already a questionably run  team. To think they'd turn to Layden to turn the organization around is not only a typical Sacramento decision but also one that would likely guarantee their desired turn around didn't happen.

Marc Stein of ESPN reports Layden was a candidate for Sacramento's general manager job.

Layden was on a long list of candidates the Kings reportedly interviewed for the job. Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty reports Layden is the sixth known candidate interviewed for the position.

Layden, Pete D'Alessandro, Chris Wallace, Mike Dunleavy, Travis Schlenk and David Morway. The Kings have also talked to Larry Bird (who has dropped out) and Kenny Smith. (It's unclear if the Smith chat was in the form of an interview.)

Layden had a successful stint with the Jazz. He's credited with drafting John Stockton and Karl Malone. However, his time with the Knicks was historically bad. The Kings either didn’t know about Layden’s massacre of the Knicks organization or just didn't care.

Either way, Sacramento may have dodged a bullet by not hiring Layden. After all, his first executive decision could very well have been to give troubled big man DeMarcus Cousins a maximum contract extension

New Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro may give Cousins a new contract but Knicks fans know Layden wouldn't shy away from following Cousins contract with several others that would strap the Kings for years to come.

'Antonio McDyess' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Tags: Basketball, Demarcus Cousins, Frank Layden, Isiah Thomas, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Pete D'Alessandro, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz

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