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April 8, 2015 Updates

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. ESPN.com

The Kings have yet to formally announce their new power structure, but sources say that Divac has supplanted both general manager Pete D'Alessandro and former Kings adviser Chris Mullin -- who just jumped to the college game as the new coach at alma mater St. John's -- as Sacramento's lead basketball decision-maker. The future of D'Alessandro in Sacramento, especially after the departure of his closest ally in the organization in Mullin, is unclear. Sources say, however, that the Kings have already launched a search to add another front-line basketball executive to work alongside Divac whether D'Alessandro stays or departs. ESPN.com

April 1, 2015 Updates

Frank Isola: Walter Berry in attendance at Chris Mullin's press conference. Also here, Sacramento Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro & former Net Jayson Williams Twitter @FisolaNYDN

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So enough about George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins. As the Kings limp toward the finish line and another appearance in the NBA draft lottery, members of management have issues to resolve before devoting their attention to potential trades, draft picks and free-agent signings. Will they play together? Will they trust, learn, grow? Will they develop into a cohesive unit or expand on the definition of dysfunction? Vice president of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac. General manager Pete D’Alessandro. Assistant general manager Mike Bratz. Special adviser Chris Mullin, whom high-ranking team executives claim resisted the hiring of Karl and Divac, the beloved former Kings center. Factor the strong-willed, accomplished Karl into the equation, and the mix is potentially toxic, if undeniably talented and intriguing. Sacramento Bee

Again, enter Ranadive: He insisted on hiring Karl, a future Hall of Fame coach, and empowered him to begin the player auditions. He dictated hiring Divac, despite resistance from D’Alessandro and Mullin, and crafted a position designed to capitalize on Divac’s unique abilities and background in basketball and business here and abroad. Asked if he had concerns about the cool reception from some of his new colleagues, Divac said, “I’m here. We’ll see.” D'Alessandro declined to discuss Divac on Monday. In a text Tuesday, he said, “Of course. We are happy to have him.” Sacramento Bee

February 17, 2015 Updates

Alex Kennedy: It'll be interesting to see if Kings pursue Ty Lawson. Pete D'Alessandro and George Karl have history with Ty. Lawson and Karl remain close. Denver won't just give Ty Lawson away, obviously. They'll want a lot in return. But don't be surprised if Sacramento shows serious interest. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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Cousins' agents, Dan Fegan and Jarrin Akana, have been adamantly opposed to Karl's hiring. But general manager Pete D'Alessandro appears to be willing to make the move without their consent. If that remains the case, and if Kings owner Vivek Ranadive approves as well, then the Kings may be on the verge of fixing what's broken with their fractured basketball team. D'Alessandro was expected to discuss the situation with Cousins' representatives on Sunday afternoon. As it were, one of them told The Sacramento Bee on Sunday that they were not blocking the hiring. "Make the move; we don't run the team," the representative who was not identified by name reportedly said. USA Today Sports

Sam Amick: On Kings/George Karl front, I'm told deal isn't dead but still plenty of work to be done if it's going to happen. Cousins camp factor is real. Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro still pushing hard to hire Karl. He's expected to talk with DeMarcus' reps later today; that will be crucial. And say what you will, but there's a reason the Kings fear how franchise centerpiece will react if George Karl is hired. It's not fiction. Twitter @sam_amick

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