Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings were drawn to Catanella's versatile background in their search for a seasoned front office executive to work under vice president and general manager Vlade Divac.
Catanella joined the Pistons for the 2011-12 season as director of basketball operations and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2014-15.
In his previous two stops, Catanella worked with a focus in analytics in the league office and with the Nets.
Sources say Mike Bratz will remain with the club as adviser to the GM and director of scouting. He has developed a strong rapport with Divac since Divac returned to the organization last season.
ESPN.com reported on March 30 that former Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks executive David Morway had emerged as the leading candidate for the post under Divac, but sources say those talks fizzled in recent days, with the Kings shifting their focus to Catanella.