Vivek Ranadive Rumors
Sources say Dean Oliver, who was hired only 9 months ago, was marginalized and ultimately dismissed from the Kings by new Kings VP Vlade Divac in part for providing his data and player information to team owner Vivek Ranadive rather than only with Divac. Despite resistance from Divac, Ranadive has required Divac to hire a new analytics executive to replace Oliver.
High profile former ESPN analytics guru, Dean Oliver who was hand picked by owner Vivek Ranadive, as Director of Player Personnel, and Head of Analytics a season ago, and who has multiple years left on his contract with the Kings – was told by new Kings VP Vlade Divac not to attend NBA Summer League.
Interesting face in the Sacramento Kings camp this week: Former Grizzlies top executive Jason Levien. Levien, a former Kings executive last seen losing a power struggle with Memphis owner Robert Pera, is a guest of Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and was seen chatting up President of Basketball Operations Vlade Divac. Could Levien work his way into the power structure in Sacramento? It’s the Kings—anything is possible.