Kings legend Vlade Divac was named Sacramento’s VP of Basketball and Franchise Operations Tuesday via a team press release. As a player, Divac’s six years in a Kings uniform were punctuated by an appearance in the 2002 Western Conference Finals, falling in seven games to one of the 47-year-old’s former teams -- the Los Angeles Lakers.
Divac will assist the Kings front office in talent evaluation, scouting and global branding.
“With an unparalleled philanthropic track record that spans the globe, Vlade Divac is the epitome of our NBA 3.0 philosophy,” Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé said in a team press release. “He has a unique perspective and global stature that will only further elevate our organization around the world.”
Divac averaged 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game over 1,134 games, in 16 NBA campaigns with Los Angeles, Charlotte and Sacramento, is excited about the opportunity.
“It’s a great honor returning to the city that has provided a lifetime of unforgettable experiences,” said Divac. “Sacramento and the Kings organization were always in my thoughts and I often dreamed of having a role in helping our amazing fans realize the ultimate NBA prize. I’m thankful to Vivek for the opportunity and look forward to creating more special memories here.”
“Over the past year that I have gotten to know Vlade, he has proven himself as an ambassador to the Sacramento community," said Kings General Manager Pete D'alessandro. “The organization is fortunate to have him as an advisor. I look forward to his contributions, especially with respect to his knowledge of the international game.”
Divac’s number 21 jersey was retired by the Kings in 2009.