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Kings make Vlade Divac Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations

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Vlade's back!  Grant Napear has been hinting on the radio for a couple of weeks now that Kings fans will be very excited about some upcoming news, and now we know what it is.  The Sacramento Kings today announced that the Kings legend will be joining the team's front office in a full-time capacity as the new Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations.  From the Press Release:

In this capacity, Divac's responsibilities will include advising the Kings front office and coaching staff, assisting the organization's global branding efforts, augmenting fan outreach initiatives and oversight of player development programs. Additionally, he will facilitate talent evaluation and help foster relationships between the team and a growing pipeline of European athletes.

Divac is one of the most beloved Sacramento Kings players of all time and it's awesome to have him back with the organization, hopefully for the long term.  This isn't a small role either, as it seems clear that Vlade will have major input and influence with the team.  Vlade seems glad to be back as well:

"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."

Welcome back Vlade!