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May 20, 2015 Updates

“We have some options,” Divac said. “I think this class of rookies are very strong. We should be able to get someone who can help us next year.” That could mean trading the pick. The Kings are intent on improving as fast as possible, raising the possibility of a deal for immediate help. “I think we should be very open,” Divac said. “Our goal is we want to improve next year. We want to be much, much better.” When it comes to a trade, Ranadive does not want to have any input. “I’m leaving that to my basketball people,” he said. Sacramento Bee

May 19, 2015 Updates
May 14, 2015 Updates

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. Sacramento Bee

“Before I came here, I contacted a lot of people just in case I needed some advice or help,” Divac said. “I talked to (San Antonio coach) Gregg Popovich, Mitch Kupchak and people from the NBA office. My goal when I got here was to talk to (former Kings basketball president) Geoff (Petrie), and I had lunch with him about things he did and to kind of learn from him. I’m blessed to have next door somebody I can call (in D’Alessandro). If I don’t know anything about something, I can get around one of the best.” Divac wants to create a positive atmosphere in the front office, similar to the one he remembers when he signed with the Kings in 1998, when many players dismissed Sacramento as a free-agent destination. Sacramento Bee

May 12, 2015 Updates

The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has picked up the option on Reno Bighorns Head Coach David Arseneault Jr., according to Kings Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac. In his first season at the helm, Arseneault compiled a 20-30 record and installed a fast paced offense that helped Reno lead the league in several statistical categories. The Bighorns ranked first in NBA D-League in scoring (133.1 points per game), three-pointers made (17.2 made per game), assists (26.8 assists per game), pace (116.34 possessions per 48 minutes) and three-point attempts (46.9 attempts per game). Additionally, the Kings affiliate also established a new all-time single-game NBA D-League mark with 31 three-point field goals made on Jan. 31 in a 157-132 victory against the Santa Cruz Warriors (breaking their own previous record of 28 threes on Nov. 29 against the Idaho Stampede). NBA.com

May 11, 2015 Updates
May 10, 2015 Updates

Yet before delving deeper into basketball issues during an exclusive interview last week with The Bee, he insisted on clarifying Vlade Divac’s status in the reshuffled front office. “Vlade makes the decisions,” said Ranadive, noting that Divac’s title as vice president of basketball and franchise operations positions him above general manager Pete D’Alessandro. “Two people report directly to me. Chris Granger, who runs the business side, and Vlade from the basketball side. I want to make that clear as we move forward. We have a lot of work to do, and we are all in this together.” Sacramento Bee

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Alicia Jessop: The Sacramento Kings have become the 1st NBA team to partner with Waze. You can now get driving directions dictated in Vlade Divac's voice. Twitter

April 15, 2015 Updates

He wants to be traded. The Kings want to trade him. Take your pick. Both theories abound on Twitter, blogs, talk shows, etc., from those in the know and those who know nothing. But start with this: Vlade Divac, the Kings’ new vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is mesmerized by the center’s talent. He describes Cousins as a mini-version of the Lithuanian great Arvydas Sabonis. Divac looks at Cousins and sees a commingling of muscle and finesse, enormous skills, an increased willingness to pass and the potential for greatness. Though Cousins could make his teammates better – the litmus test for greatness – more consistently, he has progressed in this facet, too. Sacramento Bee

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

March 26, 2015 Updates
March 24, 2015 Updates

If Casspi re-signs with the Kings, his girlfriend Shani Ruderman, a Los Angeles native who has practiced law in Israel, plans to take the California bar exam. She’s taking classes at Sacramento State to improve her English language skills. “Shani loves it here,” Casspi said. “We both do. This community has been through so much, and now we are on the right path. I want to be a part of that, especially with that new arena coming, coach Karl and Vlade here. When the time comes, my agent will talk to (general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) and hopefully we get it done.” Sacramento Bee

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