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The Kings appear to have turned the corner a third of the way through the 2022-23 NBA season under head coach Mike Brown, but the man who hired him, Monte McNair, is reportedly in the final year of his contract.

That could soon change, as NBA reporter Marc Stein reported Sunday that the Kings general manager could be in line for a contract extension in the near future.

“Expectation is growing around the organization that McNair’s extension is indeed pending and will likely be announced in early 2023,” Stein wrote (H/T 247Sports’ Cameron Salerno ). “The fact that it hasn’t happened yet is this. an undeniable curiosity within the league.”

The Kings hired McNair on September 16, 2020 and tasked him with getting the organization back on track. In its third season under fire, Sacramento looks like a potential NBA playoff team.

Coming off a 3-3 road trip, the Kings return home with a 16-12 record before Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets at Golden 1 Center. Sacramento is currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference.

McNair has made several moves over the past year to improve the Kings’ roster, notably acquiring Domantas Sabonis and Kevin Huerter in trades, signing Malik Monk and drafting Keegan Murray.

A few months after taking the job, McNair also signed star guard De’Aaron Fox to a five-year, $163 million contract extension.

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It looks like McNair’s hard work in getting the Kings back on track will pay off with a contract extension very soon.



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