Former Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac has overtaken general manager Pete D’Alessandro as the team’s top decision-maker.
Divac was hired recently as the team's vice president of basketball and franchise operations and is now owner Vivek Ranadive’s top official in the front office, according to Stein.
Before he accepted the head coaching job at St. John’s, adviser Chris Mullin fell out of favor with Ranadive after declining to become the team’s head coach after Mike Malone was fired in December.
The Kings have not formally announced the front office hierarchy since Mullin’s departure.
At 27-50, the Kings currently hold the NBA's sixth-worst record. Sacramento finished 28-54 in 2013-14, Ranadive's first season as principle owner.
Divac spent 16 seasons in the NBA, including six seasons in Sacramento. He averaged 11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists as the team reached the playoffs every year, losing in the Western Conference Finals in 2001-02.
- Alex Putterman