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Vlade Divac | Center

Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (47) / 2/3/1968
Ht / Wt:  7'1' / 260
College: None
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Kings owner Vivek Ranadive denied pursuing Kentucky coach John Calipari as the team's new coach and decision-maker.
Ranadive said he's not interested in Calipari, confirmed that George Karl will coach the team next season, and dismissed all rumors suggesting otherwise as "categorically untrue." This won't stop the speculation that Karl's job is in jeopardy, as the Kings' front office is in a state of general disarray. Jun 30 - 6:58 PM

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The Sacramento Kings are probing Kentucky head coach John Calipari's interest in running the front office and coaching the team, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Coach Cal has reportedly been communicating with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive over the past few weeks and has listened to scenarios that would give him complete control over basketball operations in addition to the head coaching position. A hire of Calipari would seem to spell the end of vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac and head coach George Karl in Sacramento as one league insider said Ranadive is "trying to find a magic button to push that'll fix everything."
Jun 30 - 12:09 PM

The Kings are reportedly looking to trade down in the top-10 and would be looking to draft Willie Cauley-Stein.

There had been reports that the Kings were targeting Mario Hezonja, but Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Cauley-Stein is the target. The elephant in the room here is the potential trade of DeMarcus Cousins, so any potential move for Cauley-Stein would likely be related to Cousins' situation. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 12:25 PM

Vlade Divac again restated that the Kings have no desire to trade DeMarcus Cousins, and denied the reports that George Karl is pushing to trade their franchise center.

It's been made apparent that the rumors regarding Cousins will continue to circulate no matter how many times Divac (the one making the decisions in Sacramento) vehemently denies them, but this has to be irritating for Cousins. It's also important to note that even if Karl would like to trade Cousins, he has no formal power in Sacramento's hierarchy, so it doesn’t really matter what he wants. Additionally, Cousins is on the books for another three seasons, which is another reason why it would be strange if Sacramento traded him.
Jun 23 - 6:27 PM

Vlade Divac said that he is "very protective" of the Kings' No. 6 overall selection in the 2015 NBA draft.

"Ours is a relatively good position because we’ll get a good player," he said. "We are receiving a ton of calls about trades, but I am very protective about the pick. I don’t want to give it up unless we can get several good pieces. Then I would think about it." Divac said that the Kings will be looking for another playmaker, or an athletic rim protecting power forward to play alongside DeMarcus Cousins in the draft, which would imply that they have interest in Willie Cauley-Stein and Emmanuel Mundiay. It seems unlikely that the Kings will trade their pick on draft day.
Jun 21 - 3:40 PM

Vlade Divac said that the Kings will not consider trading All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, but he wouldn't rule out a smaller trade prior to the draft.

"That is not happening," Divac said in regards to the trade rumors surrounding Cousins, "but I would love to do something, a smaller move, before the draft. We have a lot of changes to make. The league is much more up-tempo now, and we need more 3-point shooting. If we don’t get that in the draft, we’ll be active in free agency and see about making trades later in the offseason." Divac went on to say that the team will play with a different energy next season, and that their goal will be to make the playoffs.
Jun 21 - 9:25 AM

The Kings have "serious interest" in Ryan West, the Lakers' assistant director of scouting.

Ryan is Jerry West's son and the Lakers may view him as one of their main front office guys in the coming years, but they have some competition now. The Kings are in need of a general manager and West could be their guy.
Jun 10 - 2:57 PM

Vlade Divac admitted during a recent interview that it was unfair to the players to change the head coach three times during the 2014-15 season.

"It was really unfair to the players," Divac admitted. "Having three coaches was really tough, and I give them a lot of credit for the way they played and I enjoyed watching them play over the last two weeks." The Kings got off to a surprising 11-13 start to the 2014-15 season under the guidance of Mike Malone, but management decided to give him the axe and appointed Tyrone Corbin as the interim head coach. Corbin's stint as head coach lasted roughly two months, and he was eventually replaced by current head coach George Karl. It was a tumultuous season in Sacramento, and GM Pete D'Alessandro is probably the next to go after creating a mess in the front office.
May 31 - 4:12 PM

The Kings have announced Vlade Divac is their new VP of Basketball and Franchise Operations.

"With an unparalleled philanthropic track record that spans the globe, Vlade Divac is the epitome of our NBA 3.0 philosophy," said Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé. "He has a unique perspective and global stature that will only further elevate our organization around the world." Divac will advise the Kings' front office and coaching staff, as well as assist in global branding efforts for the Sacramento franchise.
Mar 3 - 2:55 PM

Vlade Divac is hopeful to join an NBA front office next season.

He said he's had some conversations with the Kings and added he's aiming to be a general manager one day. Divac did some scouting for the Lakers to learn how management works and also worked for Real Madrid.
Source: NBA.com
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 02:12:00 PM

Vlade Divac will not face charges for not serving in Serbia and Montenegro's military.

Just a day after his country's president and prime minister had said Divac was in the clear, Belgrade prosecutors reversed their original stance and announced he would not face charges. He is a national hero in his home country and has been asked to run for president. He is popular enough that it is thought he could win the election easily.
Fri, Nov 18, 2005 03:41:00 PM

Vlade Divac was placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

This will likely be the end of Divac's 16-year career. "If he could play, he would play," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "Here it is, the first week of training camp, and he can't play." Divac recently said he planned to retire, but wanted to remain with the Lakers as an assistant coach and scout.
Fri, Oct 7, 2005 11:13:00 AM

Despite reports to the contrary, Vlade Divac is still unsure if he's going to retire or not.

''My guess at this time is he's going to see how his health is and then make his decision,'' Marc Fleisher said. ''I know the Lakers would like to have another big man and have him in camp if he's physically capable of doing it.'' That's true, but Divac is likely beyond the point of having any fantasy value.
Thu, Sep 29, 2005 10:18:00 AM

Vlade Divac is set to retire and it sounds like he'll be a coach for the Lakers this year.

''It is enough,'' Divac told the Blic daily. ''No, I won't play the next season. I'll work for the Lakers as an assistant coach and an international scout.'' He wants to end up with the Kings when it's all said and done, but it sounds like he'll spend this season with the Lakers.
Mon, Sep 19, 2005 04:11:00 PM

Vlade Divac is expected to retire in the next couple weeks.

He's focusing his efforts on hurricane relief right now and is expected to get a position with the Sacramento Kings after he retires.
Mon, Sep 12, 2005 10:28:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Darren Collison
2Ray McCallum
3David Stockton
SG1Ben McLemore
2Nik Stauskas
SF1Rudy Gay
PF1Willie Cauley-Stein
2Jason Thompson
3Carl Landry
4Derrick Williams
5Eric Moreland
6David Wear
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Sim Bhullar