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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

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In a meeting Monday with The Sacramento Bee editorial board, he expounded on his vision for NBA 3.0 – and even for “Civilization 3.0,” the title of his forthcoming book. Ranadive, who made his fortune in Silicon Valley, said the new arena being built downtown will be the most technologically advanced ever. Fans who opt in will be “recognized” by the arena, directed to their seats and the shortest concession line and presented with special offers and information. Likewise, he envisions the surrounding mixed-use development as the “smartest block on the planet” – not just a collection of chain stores, but a gathering place for Sacramento that will be a model for what a 21st century city can be. He sees the controversial Jeff Koons sculpture, which he embraces, as only one piece in a public art collection that stretches across downtown. Sacramento Bee

Yet even as he pursues this exciting global vision, he has some very important business closer to home. That includes making sure taxpayers get a fair return on their investment of at least $255 million in the arena. It must be a good deal not just for the “whales” who bought into the team, but also for the minnows – the folks who are making the arena possible. Much of the economic boost from the arena would come from the surrounding $500 million development. Ranadive and Kings President Chris Granger acknowledged the “chatter” that they may seek another city subsidy – which would be problematic – but said it’s too early in the budgeting process to know for sure. Sacramento Bee

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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

March 10, 2015 Updates

What's the back story with this new role you have in Sacramento? How long have you been talking to second-year Kings owner Vivek Ranadive about it, and where's your head at there? Vlade Divac: Well I met Mr. Vivek first time some time last year, when I came to Sacramento after they found way to keep the franchise in Sacramento (when it appeared a group in Seattle would buy and relocate the team), and I was so happy. (He was) telling people overseas that usually in the States, it's all business, right? But this was probably one single story where love and emotions won over the business, you know? And I think people in Sacramento really deserve to have the team, because they love basketball. Obviously I was invited to be part of the NBA China game, where Kings and Nets had a couple games, and the more chance to talk with Vivek about his philosophy and vision. I really kind of enjoyed his company and talk about possibilities and what we can do in Sacramento. And then he started talking about maybe bringing me back, and my plans obviously were focused on my family. USA Today Sports

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A report earlier today paints a less than favorable picture of former Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone during his tenure with the team. According to the piece: “Ranadive, a source says, told Cousins he had to do it because Malone didn’t get along with GM Pete D’Alessandro and had been insubordinate by missing a meeting.” Whether Vivek Ranadivé told DeMarcus Cousins that this was the reason Malone was relieved of his duties or not, is unknown. NBA sources confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom that the incidents mentioned in the report are factually incorrect. And according to multiple sources, the insinuation that Malone was ever insubordinate during his time with the Kings is laughable. Cowbell Kingdom

After all, team and league sources say Cousins made it clear he didn't want Mike Malone fired with the Kings 11-13 and murmurs of Cousins being an MVP candidate before he contracted viral meningitis. Ranadive, a source says, told Cousins he had to do it because Malone didn't get along with GM Pete D'Alessandro and had been insubordinate by missing a meeting. Bleacher Report

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