Regardless of what you think about the job that Vlade Divac has done so far as head of basketball operations for the Sacramento Kings, it appears he's here to stay. ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Kings are close to signing Divac to a multi-year contract extension. USA Today's Sam Amick also threw in a confirmation of the news for good measure.
In addition to signing Divac to an extension, the Kings are also planning on beefing up their front office by bringing in former Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks executive David Morway. Morway spent 13 years in Indiana with Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh and served as Milwaukee's Assistant GM for two seasons. Adding Morway to the front office adds more experience, but Divac still has the final say.
Divac's tenure so far has seen mixed results. He made a controversial trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to free up cap space that was used to sign Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos (after striking out with initial targets like Wes Matthews and Monta Ellis). He used the 6th pick in the NBA Draft on Willie Cauley-Stein (which so far looks like it's panning out) and he also decided not to fire George Karl at the All-Star break despite all indications that the team was done with him.
This summer will be incredibly important for Divac and this front office, as they have to deal with the fallout of another disappointing year and the team's 9th straight season of missing the playoffs. Important decisions will have to be made with regards to the future of several players on the team, including star center DeMarcus Cousins. George Karl will almost certainly be fired as soon as the season ends, and as such a new coach will need to be added to the mix as well.
Let's hope Vlade is up for the job.
UPDATE 10:00 AM:
The Kings have made it official and released the following statement:
SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has signed Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac to a multi-year contract.
Divac was originally named Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager on Aug. 31, 2015 after joining the team as Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations in March of the 2015-16 season.
"My commitment to the Sacramento Kings goes back to my days as a player and I'm grateful to continue playing my part in creating a winning future for the Sacramento Kings," said Divac. "I know that we have what it takes to be a successful franchise and I look forward to continuing to improve and build on the progress that we've made."