NBA’s Sacramento Kings will be reuniting. They announced on the evening of August 31 that Vlade Divac had been promoted to General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations. Not only that, but the team also announced that former legendary athlete Peja Stojakovic has returned to the Kings as the “Director of Player Personnel and Development.”
The official account of the NBA team posted a vine to Twitter with the caption, “Peja’s Back… #DanceParty.”
Divac, 47, played for the Sacramento Kings between 1998 and 2004. He then served as the “Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations.” And Stajakovic, 38, was a draft pick in the first round in 1996. He made his debut in with Divac and was an All-Star three times throughout his eight-season run with the Kings until 2006. Stajakovic will also stand in as the GM for the Kings’ affiliate D-League team, the Reno Bighorns.
Mike Bratz was hired as assistant GM, with Roland Beech named “Vice President of Basketball Strategy and Data Science.”
Divac said, “We’re fortunate as an organization to enter this season with three professionals of this caliber.” He claimed to be confident of the success of the Kings what with having a team that offered “more than a unique set of basketball philosophies, experiences, and instincts.” He said it also provided a “depth of character commonly associated with winning cultures.”
While they finished 29-53 last season in fourth place in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division, it will be interesting to see how the Kings perform this season.
Clements, R., “Kings promote Vlade Divac to GM, hire Peja Stojakovic,” Sporting News web site, September 1, 2015.