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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

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Marc J. Spears: Kings continue negotiations with George Karl, but GM @Pete D'Alessandro has not made a final decision on the hire, a source close to the franchise said. If George Karl is hired as Kings' new coach this week, he would have several practices after All-Star break before 2/20 home game vs Boston. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

February 8, 2015 Updates

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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