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Shortly after the Kings announced the hiring of general manager Pete D’Alessandro, the restructuring of the organization’s business and basketball departments resumed.

As expected, several employees who worked under basketball president Geoff Petrie were released, including his son, assistant basketball vice president Mike Petrie, basketball vice president Wayne Cooper, scouting director Scotty Stirling, video coordinator Joe Cook, security guard Joe Nolan, property manager Steve Schmidt and administrative assistant Sheli Gottlieb.

The biggest surprise might have been media relations spokesman Devin Blankenship, a native Sacramentan who had been with the franchise for 13 years.

During the final months of the Maloofs’ majority ownership, when employees were fleeing by the dozens, anticipating a move to Seattle instead of a sale to the Vivek Ranadive group that meant the team would stay in Sacramento, Blankenship earned praise for his consistently helpful and professional manner.

Reported by Jason Jones of theĀ Sacramento Bee