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The Sacramento Kings Can’t Afford To Keep Vlade Divac

The remainder of Vlade Divac's salary pales in comparison to how much financial damage he has done to the Kings and its owners.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put significant financial stress on most of the population, and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is reportedly no exception. Sam Amick has detailed this on several occasions, most recently stating that "the Kings have suffered major losses tied to the real estate they control surrounding the Golden 1 Center, sources say, while having layoffs on the business side as well. There’s just no way that reality doesn’t come into play with any decision of consequence."

One of the notable decisions of consequence Amick is referring to here is the future of Vlade Divac, the current vice president of basketball operations and general manager for the Sacramento Kings. Can the Kings, and more specifically, Kings ownership, afford to fire Vlade Divac despite financial stress? That's really what we're talking about here.

I will spare you the chronological rundown of Divac's transgressions to prove that removing Divac from office is the right basketball decision. We've done this so many times, and quite frankly, I think that list is no longer pertinent to the discussion. There was a brief moment earlier this season where you could politely entertain the argument that Divac should still be making basketball decisions for an NBA franchise, but after Sacramento's dreadful NBA bubble performance coinciding with the extension of the organizations NBA-leading 14-season playoff drought, we are healthily past that point. This story doesn't have a happy ending. It's over. Accept it. Move on.

Despite Divac's failures, the prevailing thought among NBA reporters, speculators, and fans has been fairly consistent: Vivek won't fire Vlade right now. Not with Ranadive's current financial situation. Not during a pandemic. That notion, that report, while logical, is extremely shortsighted. If Vivek Ranadive is the forward thinking Silicon Valley maverick he wants you to think he is, he must know that.

Vlade Divac has already cost Ranadive hundreds of millions of dollars. The beat horse is long dead, but not drafting Luka Doncic is a several-hundred million dollar mistake on its own. Doncic is quickly becoming one of the most marketable young athletes across any sport. Once you get beyond obvious revenue streams like merchandise and ticket sales, the brand awareness you acquire from an athlete like Doncic is impossible to understate, especially for a 'small market' city like Sacramento. Drafting young stars is often the only way for an organization in this position to succeed in the modern NBA.

What is the monetary value of a decade of playoffs appearances, a decade of All-Star games, a decade of MVP discussions, and the ability to recruit other NBA stars? The Sacramento Kings might be at an all-time low with regards to fan interest and NBA relevance. They've already lost a significant portion of the fan base, and the ones dumb enough to stay (I put myself in that category) can't look away from the car crash. Major publications barely acknowledge their existence, and the Kings did nothing to prove them foolish in Orlando.

Luka Doncic equals immediate relevance. Luka Doncic equals hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of Ranadive and minority ownership, and the financial stress Divac's decision-making has caused Ranadive and the Kings doesn’t stop there.

Here's quick list of Vlade Divac's most expensive free agent signings. How many of them lived up to their contracts? How many of them made the team tangibly better?

Kosta Koufos: 4 years, $32.9 million

Marco Belinelli: 3 years, $19 million

Rajon Rondo: 1 year $9.5 million

Arron Afflalo: 2 years, $25 million

Anthony Tolliver: 2 years, $16 million

Matt Barnes: 2 years, $12.25 million

Garrett Temple: 3 years, $24 million

Vince Carter: 1 year $8 million

George Hill: 3 years, $57 million

Zach Randolph: 2 years, $24 million

Nemanja Bjelica: 3 years, $20.5 million

Yogi Ferrell: 2 years, $6.2 million

Cory Joseph: 3 years, $37.2 million

Trevor Ariza: 2 years, $25 million

Dewayne Dedmon: 3 years, $40 million

Harrison Barnes: 4 years, $85 million contract

Richaun Holmes: 2 years, $9.77 million contract

Buddy Hield: 4 years, $94 million contract

Vlade Divac has spent roughly (conservatively) $545,000,000 of Vivek Ranadive's money in free agency alone. That's over half a billion dollars on what amounts to a 31 win team (equivalent of 35 wins in an 82 game season) five years into his run. And this number doesn't include Divac's own salary, or the salary of other executives, or the salary of failed draft picks, or Dave Joerger and the money the Kings had to pay him to stay home, or Luke Walton's contract. This is just higher profile free agents.

Divac's tenure has been nothing short of a financial disaster for Vivek Ranadive, so I reject the idea that ownership cannot afford to replace Vlade at this time. Divac, with plenty of help from surrounding incompetence, has run this organization into the ground. New leadership is the only way Ranadive can save his bank account, and his basketball team.

Anything less than replacing Divac and giving the new head of basketball operations full autonomy to put this train back on the tracks would be another financial misfire. Moderate success in the NBA is not nearly as hard as the Sacramento Kings would have you believe. Hire the right executives, develop clear organizational hierarchy, and let those people do their jobs. It's really not that complicated.

The ball is in Vivek Ranadive's court. He can set the new standard. He can hold management accountable. He can turn this franchise around. It's going to take some serious self-reflection and some short-term financial discomfort, but it's the only way out.

His organization can't afford another season of the status quo.

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G-naps
3 months ago

No comments??? Must be a Kings win…..BUT ONLY IF THEY FIRE DIVAC THIS OFFSEASON.

7pm show is different than the 9pm get tickets to both.

G-naps
3 months ago
Reply to  G-naps

Wow Peja AND Daddy Bags with the down vote.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  G-naps

It’ll get purple. Just you watch.

RobHessing
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

I’m going to do my best to upvote every downvoted comment and turn them all purple.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  RobHessing

Good luck with this one! 😛

(on a serious note: it is not me doing any downvoting, except for that one as a joke)

Last edited 3 months ago by Kosta
Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  RobHessing

How contrarian of you Rob!

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Otis
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

That’s what she said?

Klam
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3 months ago

But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years. I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way.

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Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Klam

Vlade did it JonBon’s way…
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L-Train3.1
3 months ago
Reply to  Klam

Seems Vlade kept his word.

Klam
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3 months ago
Reply to  L-Train3.1

But he was 1.5 years late after he said “after two years.”

RikSmits
3 months ago

Kosta Koufos: 4 years, $32.9 million

That’s unfair!
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Vlade Divac has spent roughly (conservatively) $545,000,000 of Vivek Ranadive’s money in free agency alone. 

But you have to deduct the money saved on less scouts!
 
Yeah, great points overall. The shortsightedness is mindblowing.

G-naps
3 months ago
Reply to  RikSmits

And how much were the Kings wasting on breakfast?

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  G-naps

Klam has the receipts!

Klam
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3 months ago
Reply to  G-naps

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G-naps
3 months ago

Love that Peja has been tasked by Vlade to be the down
vote guy.

RikSmits
3 months ago

I have this image of Vivek sitting in his office, grimly downvoting every critical comment and giving himself a shaka sign in the mirror after every successful downvote.
 
In the edge of the frameof the mirror are polaroids of all his shaka pics with B-rated celebs, and beside the mirror a big framed pic with Kelsey Grammer.
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G-naps
3 months ago
Reply to  RikSmits

I think Vivek down voting gives Vivek too much credit. I see Vivek being more of the delegator to Vlade. And since Vlade has a pager and not quite sure how a computer works he feels this task would be perfect for Peja.

Throw in Matina and it has all the makings of a Threes Company reboot

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  G-naps

…I’ve been to Santa Monica many times, and I’ve yet to find the Regal Beagle. I really wanna have a drink with Larry Dallas, Mrs. and Mr. Roper, and Greedy Gretchen.

Anyway, it also could be one of those media types who keeps enabling this front office. Or it could be some folks from that old VOX site who secretly come here for great articles about their favorite team written by actual fans of the team.

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BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

Chez Jay is still there. And an official landmark!

G-naps
3 months ago

The Regal Seagull is further south in Leucadia!

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  G-naps

Oh! as well. Road trip! (in the future)

Kosta
3 months ago

Oh! I will check it out!

(once it’s safe)

Sacto_J
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

Listen up I’m about to get doper,
They call me Mr. Furly but I’m more like Mr. Roper.

Serious question – Who was the better landlord?
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Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Sacto_J

This is a tough one. I love both.

The show was better when the Roper’s were on it, IMO. But I love Don Knotts. 🙂 His character was funny and sad at the same time. Mr. Roper had those funny jabs at Mrs. Roper as well as his signature smile and glance at the camera/

Has anyone watched the British original, “Man About The House”? It’s kind of neat to see, but I relate so much more to the California location in Three’s Company.

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Sacto_J
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

Furley for me.
And who downvotes this stuff…

3 months ago
Reply to  G-naps

Pictured, three people: who are not good at their jobs; have massive control over the Kings; and will probably never hold another job in the NBA with significant duties after they leave.

RORDOG
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

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Otis
3 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

LOL. Classic episode.

I just recently started watching Cheers from season 1. It still holds up pretty well.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Otis

Yeah, Cheers!

I read that they originally wanted to set the location as Barstow instead of Boston. As in, Barstow…that little town you drive by on your way to Las Vegas and never think you’ll ever visit in your lifetime. But you’re curious so you google it and read up about it. And you know that DjRick is probably hanging out there, after a layover in Bakersfield.

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JoeEnzyme
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

Watch this one instead for Mojave drama:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095801/

Inthestarz
3 months ago

Don’t re-sign Bogdan, and rebuild. Trade Buddy for savings etc
 
Divac would re-sign Bogdan to healthy contract and try to win meaningless games
 
money saved

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3 months ago
Reply to  Inthestarz

I think letting Bogi walk for nothing is foolish. Even bad GMs shouldn’t let RFAs walk for nothing.

PlayoffModeT
3 months ago
Reply to  Adamsite

I agree letting Bogi walk for nothing is extremely foolish. We cannot afford to move him for Alex Oriakhi and cash either.

If he goes to Dallas, I would love a Dorian Finney Smith and salary filler, if possible.

RobHessing
3 months ago

Well stated, Tony.
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Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  RobHessing

Breaking Bad-Kings edition: Breaking .500

Coming to AMC in 2025.

RobHessing
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

I was told there would be no meth.

Otis
3 months ago
Reply to  RobHessing

Meth, what meth?
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Yazan13
3 months ago

id argue it wasn’t just a couple hundred million Vivek lost not drafting luka, we are looking at 1 Billion+ In the long run

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Yazan13

At the end of his career, it might be a couple hundred million game victories it costed Vivek. Or triple doubles.

Well, maybe closer to 300 wins? Still a lot.

SPTSJUNKIE
3 months ago

Whole-heatedly agree – fantastic article. You do a great job of laying out the costs of passing on Doncic and missing on free agents – so I won’t belabor that here.

Let me also just lay out that there is an additional cost to over overall ineptitude

According to estimates – for an NBA team, each playoff game is worth about $2M

Additionally, the difference between a 60% winning team and 20% winning team is about 20% of stadium capacity.

What does this mean? There is another direct economic cost to keeping Vlade versus hiring a new front office.

Now the one for winning is complicated, as ESPN has us at about 95% capacity and it would take a much deeper drive into the potential increase in pricing Vivek could charge if we were winning.

But the playoff calculation is easy. Even for one more season, if Vlade misses the playoffs that’s $0. If our new FO makes the playoffs, even a single 6 game series is worth about $12M to Vivek. Even if the $2M is only for home games – that’s $6M in lost revenue.

Even if we think there’s is only a 50% chance that a new FO is competent (there is risk, no matter how good a hire looks on paper) – that’s still a $3-6M difference in expected value and that is only for year 1.

If a new FO makes us a consistent playoff team for the lift of Vlade’s contract – the playoff implications alone could be worth far more money than the cost of replacing Vlade.

This should be an easy choice – Tony is right – the Kings’ cannot afford to keep Vlade Divac. It might save some money in the very short run, but it’s likely to have a negative financial impact even by the end of year 1.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

Vivek: Okay, we’re losing money because less fans are coming to games. Not sure why.

Matina: Don’t worry. Just raise ticket prices. And let them eat cake.

Vivek: Hmmm, go on.

Matina: Well, I say we start selling cake at games. And we can charge $30 per slice to create even more income.

Vivek: You are the reason why we are doing as well as we are, Funky Cole Matina!

Matina: Thank you, Vivy. Right back atcha. 😉

Vlade: …Hi-five you guys!
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1951
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

“Did somebody say they are selling cake at G1C?”
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Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  1951

The “19” in Covid-19 stands for how many pounds every one of us is putting on during this pandemic.

Greg
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3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

funky cole matina has me rolling

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Greg

…I can’t remember who came up with it. I want to credit them.

WHOEVER YOU ARE, SHOW YOURSELF!

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

Hope do you forget a Tone Loc? A true legend….

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Oh, I meant the site commenter who came up with the play on words of Tone Loc’s epic poetry!

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Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

Abject silliness is the spice of life.

jay14bay
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

this is my favorite KH post yet, bravo

eddie41
3 months ago
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

I highly doubt Vlade made the decision to draft Bagley over Doncic. Vlade wanted high IQ guys and Bagley is not high IQ.

SPTSJUNKIE
3 months ago
Reply to  eddie41

Who knows? But Vlade is the VP – so either he made a poor decision or doesn’t have the influence / fortitude to stop a poor decision.

The buck stops with him.

RobHessing
3 months ago
Reply to  eddie41

My butt-pulled guess? Vivek was leaning towards Doncic (shaka photo opp!), Divac wanted Porter until the medicals came back iffy on him (guessing that from the infamous white board), and Williams was all-in for Bagley (guessing the Williams dynamic based on how he kneecapped Joerger over Bagley’s playing time). After Porter went down, Divac liked Bagley over Doncic. Again, pure guesswork.

JillAdge
3 months ago
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

All. of. this

3 months ago

I agree with all of this and it’s clearly time for Vlade to go, but I think this turns on liquidity not fiscal impact. The Kings have a TON of equity and value. You are correct that Vlade is costing them large sums by negligently spending resources and lost ticket money (when … ya know … people can come to games). But, value and cash are two different things. For the second time, a bold real estate move by the Kings may present issue with cash flow. The Kings pay rent for the area. If they withhold or fight on that due to Covid, the city budget is totally screwed. They set up the arena plan so they control and rent twos block to the east and west of the arena with a decent hotel in the middle to: best case, to try to create a whole district they own / control; and (they assumed) worst case, collect a decent amount of rent and hotel guest rates along with basketball and concert revenue. It was a smart bet. But, K Street has been the white whale of Sacramento real estate for decades. A lot of people lots tons chasing it. It could also be amazing and reshape the city. Due to where the affluent people live, lack of easy parking (in the minds of some), shopping habits, it has not worked that way for a long long time. The Kings own, control, and rent 4 blocks … including what have historically and somewhat recently been several of the roughest blocks on K Street. The Kings own and presumably have some financing and owe interest on 700 block, their hotel, the mall, and the hole in the ground at 800 block. During Covid, a lot of tenants are not paying rent and/or getting rent deals. In many instances landlords are taking losses hoping to wait things out with good tenants for long term gains. It seems like a lock the the hotel is operating at a loss. Those losses requires either liquidity or more loans. Long term, the odds 6 months ago of a vibrant west edge of K Street are, not gone, but much less rosy than being weeks away from tourists coming to town for March Madness. It’s unclear whether Empress Tavern and Pizza Rock will come back to the strong middle of K Street. The new convention center on the other end will eventually get rolling, but business travel isn’t going to be back for a while and it’s unclear when Sacramento’s restaurant scene will be back to 2019 levels. The Kings wanted a lot of high end retail and store around the arena down to 800 block. Well, I don’t think Punch Bowl and other stores coming back and 800 is probably hole in the ground until the Kings spin it off for a fraction of what it was worth 6 months ago. All of that impacts whether they will eat 4 years of Vlade’s contract. Also, 2 decades ago, the Maloofs said to themselves “What is we were NBA owners, a casino owner, and started a huge condo development. It could be great!” They overspent on casino improvements and took huge losses on the condos. Before they tried several times to move (which isn’t in play now due to the lease), they made a lot of scared money moves with the Kings, and those moves were really bad for the Kings. The current ownership group asked themselves “What if we bough a team, bought most of the most high risk / high reward properties in the history of Sacramento, became landlords, and opened a hotel all at the same time.” That was a high risk / high reward move 7 years ago. During a pandemic, the shit could hit the fan. On the flip side, the pandemic may shake out all the small players and the deeper pockets of the Kings and City may provide them long term control of the new downtown. Honestly, nobody knows. But, right now, it’s a real and pressing strain on the Kings, who compared to other NBA controlling owners, do not have deep pockets.

3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

Sorry I went so long. I deserve and accept snarky comments about that.

G-naps
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

Nah it was a well presented take. And youll probably only get some down votes from Peja.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

Hey, it was so long the downvoters didn’t even bother with it! 🙂

RikSmits
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

I read it with bated breath.

CoreyBrewersD
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

Threw you a down vote, since no one else did. This is not Vivek!

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  CoreyBrewersD

I have never seen CoreyBrewersD and Vivek in the same room at the same time!

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

I just wish you added paragraphs.

RORDOG
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

I’m glad someone smart has finally been able to concisely explain what I’ve been trying to say unsuccessfully since back in the ol StR days. We really should be looking at the Kings as a real estate developer that also happens to have a basketball team they use to increase demand for their various real estate ventures.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

It’s worth noting how much construction has gone on in the parcel between E Commerce and I 5. That isn’t insignificant. Meanwhile, there’s a big ass hole on 8th and K.

We really should be looking at the Kings as a real estate developer that also happens to have a basketball team they use to increase demand for their various real estate ventures.

This is exactly why Matina Kolokotronis cannot be part of the basketball or business operation of the Kings. Among other things.

3 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

Fans are forced on games with not fans but: the rent / interest; lack of rent payments; and lack of hotel guests are a bigger issue for them.

Taking a couple of steps back, we are 5 year into DoCo. The opening of the hotel, opening and leasing the mall, activating and leasing 700 block, and later moving any dirt at 800 block were all substantially behind their proposed timetables. Sometimes timetables are not met for a variety of reasons, but those can typically be corrected/are often caused by fiscal issues. There is no way the March 2020 development and leasing levels were anywhere near what they hopped or planned for 7, 5, or 4 years ago. They wanted that plaza full, hotel full with 800 block leasing during spring 2020 playoff games.

Instead for one reason or another, they moved away from a plan of massive quick change hoping for other development and profits to follow. There were some risks with that choice in March with K Streets history.

But now, who the hell knows. Downtown and midtown are different at this point and perhaps for a while. Between Covid closures and places closed by looting damage, nobody knows where this is going for the post Covid years. A lot of places are open to rent. Online shopping is becoming progressively more common and the primary way many people purchase good.

Turning around the Sacramento Kings is a massive and hard endeavor. Being the owner of a shopping mall, and a hotel, and a lot of retail properties at this point in Sacramento might be even harder and more perilous. At least the basketball team has national and local TV money. I don’t think the Vivek is up for ANY of that, let alone all of that.

At some point, they might have to sell one half or the other. For a while, it will be easier and substantially less painful financially to sell the basketball part.

I anticipate that, once again, real estate losses are going to have a big impact on what the owners spend on the basketball team.

3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

The Kings were sued by a lot of contractors for unpaid hotel construction debts when the Kings were both profitable and a lot more liquid than now. They are not currently profitable or liquid.

RORDOG
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

It gets back to the whole pitch the city made when working on the public financing scheme to keep the Kings in Sacramento. They made it seems like a downtown arena would just completely revitalize the area. I stayed at The Sawyer back around Christmas for a few days (got to see the Kings lose in person for a change). It was the first time I’ve had a chance to spend more than like a night in that area since I lived there over a decade ago. I was pretty underwhelmed. It’s not like I wasn’t expecting a Staples Center/LA Live type of vibe either. I guess I just figured if you pump over a billion dollars into area, then it would transform the area. I just didn’t get that feeling walking around. But as Rob likes to say nice arena though.

3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

Empress is closed; probably forever. Ella is closed; probably forever. My favorite restaurant, Mother, is definitely closed forever. K st. is dead. The franchise bought a damn bridge before passenger jets were invented. It all looks dead.

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Otis
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

All of that impacts whether they will eat 4 years of Vlade’s contract. 

It’s just amazing to me these guys continually extend management contracts before it’s necessary. That’s probably a significant issue now.

1951
3 months ago

There are more important things in life than money: like having a buffer with an emotional connection to the masses with the pitchforks!
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Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  1951

I will pay non-matinee ticket prices to watch Trading GM’s, starring Vivek Ranadive, Vlade Divac, and Eddie Murphy/Dan Akroyd.

Kosta
3 months ago

If Vivek Ranadive is the forward thinking Silicon Valley maverick he wants you to think he is, he must know that.

Vivek Ranadive must know that he is NOT a maverick. And he surely won’t ever forget that Luka Doncic IS a Maverick.
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RORDOG
3 months ago

I want to take this as an opportunity to remind everyone of this classic moment in Kings history:

RORDOG
3 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

Vlade’s free agent haul at that point was Kosta, Marco Belinelli, Rajon Rondo and Caron Butler. He gave those players something like $60 million in guaranteed money. He was only able to make (most of) those terrible signings because he made the even more terrible Philly trade.

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

And remember, that was only possible because Wes Mathews with a blown out achilles refused to take his max offer.

RORDOG
3 months ago

Let’s not forget, the Kings could’ve just waived and stretched JT and Landry’s contracts to afford to offer Wes Matthews the contract he refused.

3 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

* only able to make those signings because he opted for the indefensible at the time 76ers trade instead of using the stretch provision on two expensive but useless players and flipping a prospect they’d already given up on for a second (his value). I get your point, but some people (probably not yourself) do not realize they could have made ALL of those shitty signings and not made the 76ers trade if they knew how smart and well funded teams use the CBA.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

Vivek should have a James Harden beard by now.

ScottyPop
3 months ago
Reply to  RORDOG

Sorry I down-voted this.

Because you made me look at Vivek’s stupid face and now all I want to do is punch something.

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RORDOG
3 months ago
Reply to  ScottyPop

LOL

Dr.209
3 months ago

Ownership is likely responsible for Vlade’s full contract dollar amount.

What about hiring a new GM/President of Ops and demoting Vlade to a lesser role? I wonder if a) Vlade’s contract allows that and b) if it is better to just release Vlade altogether.

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3 months ago
Reply to  Dr.209

Although I can’t find it published anywhere, Vlade’s salary is likely minimal. From what I can tell, the highest paid GMs (Riley, Buford, etc.) make around $10M per year. I’d wager Vlade is somewhere between $2-3M per year.

Basically he makes per year what some contracts that he’s cut are worth. His salary is not even the equivalent to releasing Anthony Tolliver. There is no financial reason to keep him.

Adamsite
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3 months ago

All this talk of finances got me thinking. How has the NBA pulled this bubble thing off from a financial standpoint?

1) Who paid for the Disney resorts? The league coffers or the 22 team invites? That couldn’t have been cheap and likely put a solid dent into any tv revenue they generated.

2) How are they pulling revenue other than TV deals while paying salaries and not getting ticket sales?

3) What about the other 8 teams? Is there revenue sharing within and outside the bubble?

From a financial standpoint, I just don’t see how the Kings made money while in the bubble. Their TV deal is not that lucrative and with not other revenue from a live venue, how did they stay in the black?

Anyone got the financial goods on this? Is there some article out there that details the financials on the bubble?

3 months ago
Reply to  Adamsite

It’s about avoiding losses. The NBA is presumably paying for all of these rooms at deeply discounted rates (because Disney isn’t filling these 3 hotels during Covid during peak humidity) because that’s a tiny fraction of the cost of the 2020 national TV money that would otherwise be clawed back by the networks. For the Kings, there are no extra TV dollars. They got to 70 games to avoid having to pay money / give credits to Comcast.

The owners are paying a lot to avoid much larger losses. I anticipate they will tear up the CBA as soon as the Finals are over and the following negotiations will be rough and perhaps long. The union extended the deadline for that to happen, so that’s at least in play and probably going to happen.

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3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

That makes sense. The bubble wasn’t profitable, it just lessened the damage.

Wonderchild
3 months ago
Reply to  4on5

Disney also owns ESPN, so it’s in their best interest to get games on TV if possible.

SPTSJUNKIE
3 months ago

By the way, with no game today – here’s a fun game for TKH junkies.

Who said it – Luke Walton or Michael Scott – good luck

Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked

And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do

I am intense and focused, but at the same time relaxed

I absorb information from the strategies of the winners and the losers. Actually, I probably learn more from the losers

So I don’t think that I’ll get over that in this lifetime, but I look forward to trying to get back on the other side of that

Ok, too many different words from coming at me from too many different sentences

Granted, maybe this was not the best idea, but at least we care

I guess the attitude that I’ve tried to create here is that I’m a friend first

My mind is going a mile an hour

I think they are both two of the best professionals at what they do

All I try to do is stay off my feet

The best and only way to really learn that lesson is to feel that pain

We’re going to put our stamp on the culture that we want. It’s going to be joy

Guess what, I have flaws. What are they? Oh I don’t know

If it’s fun for us and what we really want to do, the he’d say to work as hard as you can to be successful at it

This is gonna feel so good getting this thing off my chest

There are little things like this that we can do to keep things fresh and keep the guys constantly entertained

It’s not that you have to pick one or the other, but we have to continue to challenge ourselves mentally

Sometimes I’ll start a sentence, and I don’t even know where it’s going

I gave some nice hugs to people. But most of that was about the pain we were feeling

RikSmits
3 months ago
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

That’s hard, but this one is definitely Luke, right?

The best and only way to really learn that lesson is to feel that pain

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

This is friggin’ tough! I give up. 🙁

Last night one of my contacts broke in half when I was taking it out. I searched for the other half that would be on my eyeball still–I poked and prodded for it. My eye started getting really red and the pain, I was sure, was from the broken half that was still in there.

After awhile I said out loud to myself, “Maybe it’s not in there. Maybe it’s red and in pain because I keep poking and prodding it.”
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I’m not sure how this relates to the Kings front office, but for some reason it came to mind.

G-naps
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

Lasik surgery if you can swing it. If you have an option for FSA or HSA its the way to go. Corneas too thin? You can get PRK surgery.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  G-naps

I heard that a drawback is your night vision is affect by Lasik?

Does it help with that thing where as you get older you can’t focus on things so close to your face and you need to pull it back to read it, or get bifocals or something like that?

I don’t know if my corneas too thin or my skin is too thin. I just remember seeing sharks with lasers in Austin Powers and figured I’d try to avoid both sharks and lasers.

G-naps
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

I had PRK and my wife had lasik…neither of us have had issues with night vision haze.

Im about 10 years in and no problems and same with my wife. I will say that you shouldnt look for the cheapest place to do it.

I paid about $3000 for both eyes.

Otis
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

I did lasik about five years ago, and I’d say I noticed a difference at dusk, that it was a bit tougher to see. But the change was minimal.

You may still need reading glasses as you get older, but getting rid of contact lenses was pretty life changing. As to the process, it’s a bit nerve wracking when you get in the chair, but it was quick and painless and recovery was pretty easy.

Biscuit
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

So Luke is the contact… Vlade is the finger?
And we are all the eyeball!

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Biscuit

!!! I think you’re right!

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

For me the real question is whether a competent exec takes this job. Not whether it would pay dividends.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

I would guess any competent execs out there see what has happened to all the people who have come through this franchise and left with a worse mark on their resume’. And then these competent execs say to their competent selves:

“Not worth it.”

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SPTSJUNKIE
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

It’s a good question, but as odd is it sounds – I’d have to imagine the answer is yes.

+ If you look at our franchise, we have ownership willing to spend money and go over the cap to win.

+ Vivek seems to have backed off of personnel decisions (even around the draft there are rumors he preferred Doncic) and is letting his basketball people run the franchise.

+ And as bad as they are, Vivek’s given the FO a lot of time and leeway. No other franchise could have given Vlade 5 years + an extension for winning 39 games.

+ The fans are starved and will welcome the next GM as a hero and he will have an extremely easy act to follow after Pete D and Vlade. He could win 45 games in 2 years and we would build him a statue.

This isn’t the most attractive opportunity in the league – even once you get past the biggest markets. But I am hoping this isn’t seen as poisonous either. I think there are a lot of appealing elements for a candidate.

Last edited 3 months ago by SPTSJUNKIE
BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

And, of course, there are only 30 GM jobs. And only a handful turn over each year. The Kings probably have a few choices:

Experienced ex-FO that may deserves another chance (ie. Hinkie)

GMs that are mostly GM in title but may not be making the final decisions and want more autonomy (ie. Langdon, Webster). Now, convincing them they would have autonomy under Vivek is another issue.

Industry insider with FO experience (ie. O’Connor, Hollinger, Marks, Abdur-Rahim)

Young up-and-comers that are a bit farther away. (ie. No idea). They likely don’t have a shot at the high level GM prospects that can wait for a good option (ie. Zarren) but there’s always the bold choice of plucking someone before others think they’re ripe (cross-sport ie. Theo Epstein)

They aren’t going to get a proven successful GM, but there are always avenues. All of which have more experience than Vlade.

SPTSJUNKIE
3 months ago

Agree with everything you just said. And would still be happy with a lot of the names you mentioned. All would be an upgrade over the current VP and many would be cause for genuine excitement.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

Good list of names here.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

Lotsa good stuff here Junkie. But I hope you’re right on this:

This isn’t the most attractive opportunity in the league – even once you get past the biggest markets. But I am hoping this isn’t seen as poisonous either. I think there are a lot of appealing elements for a candidate.

The Kings or the Knicks? I choose Sac personally. But I don’t think another GM gets 5 years due to the fact that they don’t have a jersey hanging in the rafters. But I would certainly demand a 5 year deal to come to Sac. Especially knowing that probably gives me a 2 year curve/grace period and 2 years beyond that to make it work. That’s an extremely rare situation in of itself.

Also, the Kings situation isn’t dire. They don’t spend thst much money, either. It’s not like they are rapping the tax line with their knuckles.

It doesn’t take much to believe that a reasonable GM would come here. What does concern me is why that GM believes they could be successful and the proof is in the pudding on that one. I guess we’ll find out.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kingsguru21
SPTSJUNKIE
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Agreed and hope you are right.

Wonderchild
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

competent coaches too. I’d imagine some Becky Hammon supporters are telling her to stay the hell away from the shitty franchises like Sac, Minny, Chicago, Cleveland, etc. It’s bad enough to have the pressure to be the first successful female coach, and she probably would prefer that to be in a positive situation.

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  Wonderchild

I’d imagine if you solve the GM issue well, the coach won’t be a problem.

SPTSJUNKIE