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Sources said new Kings vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac has asked his former NBA and international teammate Stojakovic to leave Europe and move back to the United States to assist him in a player personnel role. Stojakovic’s No. 16 jersey was retired by the Kings in December. He attended summer league in Las Vegas with the Kings in a consulting role to Divac earlier this month, but sources say a firm decision on whether the 38-year-old joins them on a permanent basis might not come before September.
Jason Thompson will pass Peja Stojakovic on Friday night as the all-time leader in games played by a King in the Sacramento era. It’s a feat that many would celebrate. 519 games with one franchise is rare in today’s game. The Kings intend to do something special for their starting power forward when the team returns to Sacramento later this month, but Thompson would just assume they didn’t.
On December 16, 2014 Kings fans in attendance for Peja Stojakovic’s retirement ceremony had the opportunity to take a postgame on-court photo with No. 16’s banner before it was raised to the Sleep Train Arena rafters. See how the abundance of fan images generated a legendary mosaic.
You are in Sacramento and I know Geoff Petrie is still out here somewhere. Have you talked to him and is he going to be here for your big night? He’s the guy who found you and took the gamble on you when everyone thought he should have taken John Wallace. Have you talked to Geoff? Predraj Stojakovic: Actually we did. He called me this morning. Geoff played a big part in my career. I told him this morning that if it wasn’t for his persistence, I would never have come to the NBA. He was so convincing at that time that I should just believe in myself and that I was worth coming to the NBA. Obviously, he’s the one who believed in me and supported me when I needed him the most in my early career. We are definitely going to see each other, if not tomorrow at the game, for lunch or dinner, because we still have a great relationship. Geoff has been in my corner from day one.