The Sacramento Kings are expected to hire both a new GM and a new head coach this offseason, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Current GM Vlade Divac is apparently overwhelmed by the intricacies of the modern CBA, and will hire someone with the appropriate expertise.
The Kings are starting to acknowledge that Divac has been overwhelmed with the complexities of the collective bargaining agreement and the sophisticated ways with which most NBA organizations are run now. Privately, the Kings have been telling people they plan to run a GM and a coaching search once the regular season ends. Sacramento has committed to keeping coach George Karl for the rest of the regular season, but has shown no inclination to bring him back next season, sources said.
There's been enough smoke that this fire isn't all that surprising. There have been talks of Vlade being over his head for months now. Earlier this month Zach Lowe reported on a podcast with Sam Amick that Vlade wasn't aware of the stretch provision at the time of the trade with Philadelphia.
As Kings fans, we've often dismissed these reports as part of the "national narrative". We were wrong. Vlade and Vivek are acknowledging as much.
Now, it's a step in the right direction that the Kings will address this issue, but bigger concerns remain. Where is Mike Bratz? Wasn't he kept on to fill this exact role? Or was he kept in the front office the same way Ty Corbin works in the front office?
If this is a real issue, as it now seems to be, why has it taken 11+ months to address? The Kings should have brought in someone such as Bobby Marks, the former assistant GM for the Nets who currently works for The Vertical explaining all the intricacies of the CBA.
All we can hope, I suppose, is that the Kings hire the GM first this time.