The Sacramento Kings announced Friday that Vlade Divac has stepped down as General Manager. In the interim, Joe Dumars has been named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and will immediately assume General Manager duties.
"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," said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. "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."
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the General Manager for the Kings," said Vlade Divac. "I want to thank Vivek for the opportunity and recognize all of the incredible colleagues who I had the great pleasure of working with during my tenure. Sacramento and the Kings will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish them all the best moving forward."
The team will work with Dumars to develop a long-term strategy for the organization's basketball operations structure, to include a search for a permanent General Manager. No further personnel decisions will be made until a new General Manager is in place.
"Joe has become a trusted and valued advisor since joining the team last year, and I am grateful to have him take on this role at an important time for the franchise," said Ranadivé.
In June 2019, Dumars was named Special Advisor to the General Manager and has over 30 years of NBA experience both as a player and front office executive in addition to an extensive executive business background.