The Sacramento Kings recently hired franchise legend Vlade Divac to be vice president of basketball and franchise operations, and apparently Divac has now emerged as the Kings’ top basketball official, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
This means that Divac has leapfrogged Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro in the pecking order in the team’s front office. D’Alessandro could very well be on his way out in Sacramento, but his future with the organization remains unclear. D’Alessandro is close with former Kings adviser Chris Mullin, who just recently took the head coaching job at St. John’s.
These latest developments add another layer of weird to what’s going on under new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. It started when former head coach Mike Malone was hired before D’Alessandro was brought in. Malone didn’t really mesh with the front office and was fired in mid-December during a rough patch that featured the prolonged absence of star DeMarcus Cousins.
Mullin was reportedly offered the head coaching job, but he turned it down because he didn’t want to start his coaching career in-season. Tyrone Corbin became the interim coach and was initially supposed to stay on for the rest of the season, but Ranadive became impatient when the Kings struggled under Corbin and pushed for the hiring of George Karl.
Divac was then hired in March, against the wishes of D’Alessandro and Mullin. Considering Mullin’s exit and Divac’s rise in the power structure, it sure would seem like D’Alessandro won’t be in Sacramento much longer.