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.
October 1, 2016 | 7:03 am EDT Update
With the deadline to sign a qualifying offer approaching, restricted free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas and the Houston Rockets have exchanged contract proposals but remain far apart on an agreement, multiple sources told ESPN. Motiejunas is seeking a larger financial deal from the Rockets, but the two sides haven’t had serious contract discussions in a month, the sources said.
Gibson is a rare player whose production and attitude never seem affected by whether he starts or comes off the bench. Last season, he ended up taking the starting power forward spot from Nikola Mirotic, rallying from ankle surgery in June 2015 to average 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Seemingly every season, he averages zero complaints. “He’s one of those guys that does everything that you ask of him,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s in great spirits. He’s a positive force.”