Vlade Divac the Kings' new lead voice

Vlade Divac has quietly emerged as the new lead voice of the Sacramento Kings’ front office, according to league sources. ‎Sources told ESPN.com ‎that Divac, who was recently hired by the Kings under the seemingly broad title of vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is indeed regarded as the team’s top basketball official by owner Vivek Ranadive after months of turbulence in Sacramento.

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September 3, 2015 | 6:19 pm EDT Update
John Wall had a pretty great birthday party last night — with celebs, and cake and a $20,000 portrait from a famous street artist, TMZ Sports has learned. Wall — who turns 25 on Sunday — hit up Koi in West Hollywood for a bday bash thrown by Haute Time Magazine. Party organizers tell us guests included several billionaires, top Google execs and NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein. But the highlight was the gift — a custom John Wall portrait painted by Madsteez … one of the top street artists in the world. We’re told the piece cost $20k to commission.
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September 3, 2015 | 4:54 pm EDT Update
“I loved the partnership and platform we built at RealGM, and I’m so honored to say I worked there,” said Charania. “I hope to continue improving and wish RealGM only the best!” “Congrats to Shams on his move to Yahoo,” said RealGM’s Christopher Reina. “They’re getting a great reporter and an even better person. Every step of his rise in this industry has been well-earned through his hard work and dedication to his craft. We couldn’t be happier for him professionally and personally.”
via RealGM
September 3, 2015 | 4:03 pm EDT Update
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Greg Whittington. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Whittington appeared in nine total games (six starts) with the HEAT during Summer League play in both Orlando and Las Vegas this summer and averaged 9.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.44 steals and 1.33 blocks while shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range and a perfect 13-of-13 from the foul line. During Las Vegas Summer League play, he led the team in points (65), rebounds (41), blocks (8) and three-point field goals made (8).
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On whether she could envision Kobe Bryant still having a role within the Lakers after he retires: Buss: I think Kobe has to pursue what’s going to make him happy. I think Kobe can do anything that he wants. He’s just got to find his comfort level and he’s got to find what’s going to motivate him. I think he’s capable of anything and doing anything. It’s kind of like Magic Johnson, in that the kind of career Magic’s had off the court has been phenomenal and I expect Kobe’s going to do great things that we can’t even imagine yet.
via Lakers Nation
On Kobe and Shaq reuniting on Shaq’s podcast: Buss: I have not heard it myself, but I’ve gotten some great feedback. Even today at the manicurist, the woman next to me had listened to it and she said it was terrific, and I always thought that someday I would like to see them be re-cast as The Odd Couple and have their own TV show or that they’re roommates, and these two opposites that get along and respect each other, so I’m happy to see that.
via Lakers Nation
September 3, 2015 | 2:43 pm EDT Update
The only remaining player on a partially guaranteed contract is guard Tyler Johnson, who had 50 percent of his $845,050 2015-16 salary guaranteed on Aug. 1. Otherwise, forward James Ennis has a opening-night guarantee deadline for his entire 2015-16 salary, with recently added free agents Keith Benson, Corey Hawkins and Greg Whittington guaranteed until Jan. 10.
via South Florida Sun-Sentinel
LeBron James is now trying to help Akron adults get their GEDS by using the same basic principles his charitable foundation designed to help children stay in school and graduate. Under a new partnership announced Thursday with Project Learn of Summit County, which exists to help adults get their GEDs, parents of the children enrolled in the LeBron James Family Foundation’s scholastic mentorship program can get financial and emotional support to obtain high school equivalency credentials and learn other life skills.
via Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 3, 2015 | 2:04 pm EDT Update
“Just getting started, man. A fresh start is what I’m most excited about,” Williams said Wednesday during an exclusive interview with Mavs.com while making an appearance at the organization’s fantasy camp. “You know, playing with this group of guys, I feel like we have a great group of guys here, and so (I’m looking forward to) just getting everybody healthy and getting on the court with them.” He added: “It’s been a great transition for me. You know, it’s tough to pick up and move that quick and find schools for your kids and all that. But, as far as what’s going on here, these guys have been great and helping. The transition has been really smooth, and I’m excited about this season.”
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The former Boston Celtics coach and his successor took part in the Action for Boston Community Development Hoops Dreams charity event, joining a few local celebrities, such as Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and journalists Bob Ryan and Jackie MacMullan, for a friendly shooting competition. “I haven’t shot on this court probably yet, other than in shoot-arounds a little bit,” said Stevens. “We don’t usually even shoot around here because the only time I ever come down here is for games, so it’s great to be here in a setting where you’re doing something for somebody else where it’s not just a part of a game.”
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