Mike Bratz Rumors
“Fortunately, Vlade Divac is still here and Mike Bratz, our player personnel director . . . we have enough guys to make it work,” George Karl told John Lund and Greg Papa on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. “The draft day is kind of the beginning of that change and free agency comes very quickly after that and . . . maybe a possible trade here or there and you can take a 30-win team to hopefully a 45, 50-win team. That’s the goal,” Karl added with Lund and Papa.
Vlade Divac is the first to admit he doesn’t know everything about preparing for the NBA draft. So in the weeks leading up to this week’s draft combine, the Kings’ vice president of basketball and franchise operations has been meeting daily with general manager Pete D’Alessandro and assistant general manager Mike Bratz before they watched hours of game footage of college and international prospects. The meetings are aimed at ensuring the Kings make the best selection in the draft June 25. But they’re also intended to build rapport in the front office and establish a singular goal of improving the team.
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.