Vlade Divac Officially Steps Down as GM of the Sacramento Kings
The reign of terror over the Sacramento Kings is over – that is unless the replacement is just as terrible.
On Friday afternoon, the Sacramento Kings announced that general manager Vlade Divac has decided to step down from his post, leaving Joe Dumars to take over front office responsibilities on an interim basis. Divac has held the role as general manager since 2015.
“This was a difficult decision, but we believe it is the best path ahead as we work to build a winning team that our loyal fans deserve,” Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé said in a statement. “We are thankful for Vlade’s leadership, commitment and hard work both on and off the court. He will always be a part of our Kings family.”
According to a report from Sam Amick of The Athletic, Divac had no intention of stepping down as his team flew out of Orlando following the conclusion of their season. But as Dumars has continued to gain popularity inside the organization, owner Ranadive was hoping that Dumars would take on a larger role with the organization moving forward – a decision that Divac seemed to have opposed and one that ultimately forced Divac to step away.
After an underwhelming tenure that included coaching drama, player feuds, puzzling draft decision and confusing acquisitions, the Kings are finally moving on from Divac.
The former center will be paid through the 2022-23 season.