Divac steps down as Kings President of Basketball Operations/GM

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac has stepped down from his roles on Friday. He has been replaced on an interim basis by Joe Dumars. 

The announcement came one day after their season concluded. The Kings missed the playoffs for the 14th straight year. It is the longest active streak in the NBA. 

Former Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac answers questions from the media after announcing the firing of head coach Dave Joerger
Vlade Divac answers questions from the media after announcing the firing of head coach Dave Joerger (Photo by the Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli)

Dumars was previously the President of Basketball Operations of the Detroit Pistons from 2000 through 2014. He was an advisor with the Kings before this announcement took place. 

“This was a difficult decision, but we believe it is the best path ahead as we work to build a winning team that our loyal fans deserve,” Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé said. “We are thankful for Vlade’s leadership, commitment, and hard work, both on and off the court. He will always be a part of our Kings family;” 

Divac — a former player for the team — joined the Kings front office in March 2013 as their Vice President of Basketball Operations and Franchise Operations. He then became the team’s General Manager in August 2015. 

This season, the Kings finished with a 31-41 record. Sacramento was one of 13 teams in the Western Conference that resumed their season in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida after the shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. 

The Kings have not won more than 40 games in a season since the 2005-06 season. That year, the team went 44-38, before losing in the first-round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Since Divac took over as GM, the team had a combined record of 162-238. Under his leadership, the team’s best record was a 39-43 mark in 2018-19.

As the team’s President of Basketball Operations and GM, he was responsible for trading DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. He was also responsible for drafting Marvin Bagley III with the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, one spot before Luka Dončić, who has turned into a superstar in the league. 

Bagley III has been primarily used as a bench player. He has made 75 appearances, including just 10 starts. 

He has a career average of 14.8 points per game with 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game.

“Joe has become a trusted and valued adviser since joining the team last year, and I am grateful to have him take on this role at an important time for the franchise,” Ranadivé said.

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