Jerry West is refuting the notion that he is advising the Sacramento Kings in their search for a new general manager.
West is a highly paid advisor to the Golden State Warriors, the team that Vivek Ranadive previously co-owned.
"For some reason, I've gotten two or three calls from people (wanting the job) saying that (they) want to get in front of him and could you help, and I think it's ludicrous," West said. "I sent back to them and said that in no way, shape or form am I advising him – period. I believe that if you make an obligation to someone … and my obligation is always to (Warriors owner) Joe (Lacob) and the rest of the Warriors organization, and I have no interest in helping anyone, OK? Anyone except if I can help the Warriors obviously."
West says he is endorsing Travis Schlenk, current assistant general manager of the Warriors.
Chris Wallace is a leading candidate for the position, who worked for West with the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Kings have already hired Mike Malone, who was most recently an assistant coach with the Warriors.
"Chris Wallace is from West Virginia (like West), but listen, I have nothing to do with anything going on up (in Sacramento)," West said. "This is very, very annoying. It is annoying. Whoever Vivek hires, he's got to feel good about that person, and I'm not there (with the Kings)."