Vlade Divac Rumors

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Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
Position: -
Born: 02/03/68
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
Earnings: $50,287,228 ($70,267,493*)
Two wondrous years have passed since the Kings traded brooding big man DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. Cousins loomed ominously over this organization for nearly seven seasons, scowling, glaring and glowering at anyone who bleated a whistle or pointed criticism in his direction. Cousins was charitable in the community and immensely talented on the court — undoubtedly one of the best players in team history — but general manager Vlade Divac changed the franchise’s fortunes for the better when he sent Boogie to the bayou.
“That was basically one move, but with a big plan,” Divac told The Bee on Wednesday, the two-year anniversary of the trade, while the Kings (30-27) prepared to face Cousins for the first time as a member of the Golden State Warriors (41-16) on Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. “I would say we execute very well, almost perfect.”
Two years ago, Divac made a deal with New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps, putting his job and his reputation on the line with a trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans and brought Hield to Sacramento. Well, Demps was fired on Friday while people in Charlotte were praising Divac. “Vlade has believed in these guys, especially Fox and Buddy, telling me a long time ago they were going to change the trajectory of the team,” Webber said. “The great part about it as a Sacramento fan is, I know Vlade, he doesn’t just work for the organization, but he is a fan of the city. He wants it to be great, not only on the court but in the community as well. “And, yeah, he’s going to (turn) it around. He already has. He said, ‘Give me two years.’ He’s done that. Just wait till we give him a little bit more time.”
Storyline: Kings Front Office
“We would love to (make the playoffs),” Divac, the local Kings legend and general manager who has headed the team’s front office since Aug. 2015, told The Athletic on Friday. “Now fans are buying in, finally trusting. Now it’s happening. But I told the guys, this is nothing. Experience the playoffs in Sacramento. When you walk through that tunnel in Arco Arena, where it happened to me, and then an earthquake starts — that’s priceless. So I want my kids to experience that, because that’s the moment when they’re going to grow up. What we try to build here from now until the next three, four years is going to speed up the process, because when you taste that (playoffs) …”