(KTXL) — As the Sacramento Kings are in the midst of a turnaround season, general manager Monte McNair has agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

The Kings also extended the contract for assistant general manager Wes Wilcox, according to the team.

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“This has been an exciting and I’m proud to have the opportunity to continue building a winning franchise in Sacramento,” McNair said in a statement. “I am especially grateful to Vivek, the entire Kings organization and the fans for supporting me every step of the way. I’d like to thank our players and coaches for their hard work on and off the court. And I’m excited to have Wes Wilcox’s continued counsel and partnership, along with the rest of our fantastic front office and staff. We recognize we have more work to do, and I look forward to what’s ahead.”

McNair, who is in the final months of his original three-year deal, has turned the Kings into the playoff conversation in the Western Conference. 

Sacramento’s currently third in the West at 27-19 and on the cusp of breaking a 16-year playoff drought, the longest in North American sports. 

McNair was hired as the Kings’ GM in 2020 and has made multiple moves that are responsible for the team’s turnaround. Last year, McNair traded Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis, who leads the NBA in rebounds per game at 12.5 and has six triple-doubles this season. 

This offseason, McNair drafted Keegan Murray at No. 4 overall at the 2022 NBA Draft, traded for Kevin Heuerter, and signed Malik Monk to a two-year deal worth $19 million. The Kings also hired Mike Brown on May 9, 2022, who is considered a coach of the year candidate. 

Under the team’s resurgence, the Kings have started a tradition of lighting a purple beam from the Golden 1 Center after each home and away victory. 

“Light the Beam” has become a popular chant among fans at the Golden 1 Center and at away games this season.