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Kings hire Bratz as assistant GM

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The Sacramento Kings announced the hire of assistant general manager Mike Bratz on Friday.

Bratz spent the past three seasons with the Denver Nuggets, most recently as director of player personnel. He worked under then-assistant general manager Pete D'Alessandro, now the Kings' GM.

"Adding Mike to the front office provides our organization with a tremendously valuable basketball professional," D'Alessandro said in a statement. "He brings 35 years of NBA experience serving in nearly every role the game has to offer. During our time together in Denver, I came to know Mike as one of the classiest, hardest working individuals in our business. It gives me great pleasure to welcome him back to Northern California."

Bratz, a Central California native, played for the Kings during their inaugural season in 1985-86 and was an assistant coach for seven seasons (1991-92, 1993-94 and 1997-98). He also worked as a scout and radio analyst for the team.

Bratz has also worked in a variety of capacities for the Utah Jazz (1998-99), Washington Wizards (1999-2000), Cleveland Cavaliers (2000-05), Milwaukee Bucks (2006-07) and Los Angeles Clippers (2007-08).

As a player, Bratz was a third round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns in 1977. He played for the Suns, Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, and Kings in nine seasons. He had career averages of 7.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. He also led the NBA with 57 3-pointers made in 1980-81.

Bratz was an academic All-American at Stanford and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame.
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