Michael Malone was dressed in Kings attire Monday for his first official duty as the 25th head coach in franchise history.

He stood watching a predraft workout next to Geoff Petrie, who was told he won't return as team basketball president when his contract expires June 30.

New ownership is actively pursuing Petrie's replacement.

Keith Smart was fired as head coach, though his assistants conducted Monday's workout with Petrie's front-office staff.

It wasn't the most traditional way of conducting business, and new majority owner Vivek Ranadive conceded during Malone's introductory news conference at Sleep Train Arena that hiring a head coach before a general manager was unconventional.

The only definite member of Malone's staff is Brendan Malone, his father and a longtime NBA coach.

Michael Malone plans to meet with the coaches from Smart's staff today to see where they might fit going forward.

All of their contracts expire at the end of the month.

"I want to take my time with it and make sure I bring in the best staff that will complement me, that will challenge me and be loyal to the mission we have right now, which is trying to turn this Sacramento Kings team around," Malone said.

Malone spoke with Petrie before, during and after the workout to catch up on draft prospects. Petrie and his staff continue to scout and prepare for the draft.

Malone called Petrie a "valuable asset" because he has been studying the draft and has insight on the current roster.