Report: Kings GM Vlade Divac is stepping down
Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac is stepping down, per Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Former Detroit Pistons exec Joe Dumars will take over for the time being.
The King shortly announced the Divac news after Amick’s report.
Kings GM Vlade Divac is stepping down, source tells @TheAthleticNBA. Joe Dumars (advisor previously) will be interim executive VP of basketball ops and immediately assumes GM duties. Dumars will be involved in the search for a new GM.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 14, 2020
The Kings missed the playoff again this season. They haven’t been to the postseason since 2006. The Kings have the longest playoff drought in the NBA and there is no end in sight.
Vlade Divac was a star player for the Kings back in the day. However, he’s struggled in the front office since joining the franchise in 2015. His biggest blunder was drafting Marvin Bagley III over Luka Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft. Doncic is already a superstar with the Dallas Mavericks. Bagley, meanwhile, has been injured a lot with Sacramento.
Divac was also part of the regime that traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. Overall, his stint was pretty poor.
The future in Sacramento is unclear, as it’s been for the last decade or so. The roster is headlined by De’Aaron Fox, Bagley III, Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harrison Barnes. Fox is expected to sign a rookie-scale extension this offseason. Whoever the new GM is will surely offer the youngster his money since Fox is a rising star in the NBA.