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Breaking: Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings have parted ways

The Sacramento legend will not return to the team next season.

Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings have mutually agreed to part ways after 5 years under his leadership, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick .

Amick reports the Joe Dumars will take over GM duties for the team, and a full search will be conducted for a permanent replacement.

While Divac was originally a celebrated hire after Pete D'Alessandro's disastrous time in Sacramento, and signed a lucrative 4-year extension this past summer, his lack of experience at the position and questionable decision-making saw the Kings fail to make significant progress in the half-decade of his reign, compiling a record of just 162-238. Although Divac's entire tenure was replete with regrettable outcomes, his most recent choice to replace Dave Joerger, the franchise's most successful coach in more than a decade, with the unproven Luke Walton, while also not conducting a single interview, turned even the most his most faithful fans against him, as the team severely regressed under Walton's leadership. Vlade Divac will always hold a legendary place within the franchise as a key player and international ambassador of basketball, but it was past time for Vivek Ranadive to move on from his services, despite the enormous financial cost.

This is a developing story, and we'll update the site as additional news is made available.

Update: The Kings have confirmed the news via press release:

“This was a difficult decision, but we believe it is the best path ahead as we work to build a winning team that our loyal fans deserve,” said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “We are thankful for Vlade’s leadership, commitment and hard work both on and off the court. He will always be a part of our Kings family.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the General Manager for the Kings,” said Vlade Divac. “I want to thank Vivek for the opportunity and recognize all of the incredible colleagues who I had the great pleasure of working with during my tenure. Sacramento and the Kings will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish them all the best moving forward.”

Update: Marc Spears of ESPN has reported that Joe Dumars will be considered for the permanent GM position, and that the team may not have a management team established before the NBA draft in October, while James Ham of NBCS has reported that the new General Manager will ultimately decide the fate of the rest of Sacramento's front office, although Luke Walton will remain as the team's head coach through next season.

 

 

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andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:24 pm

Keep those heads rolling!

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:25 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

If Divac is gone, Walton must be getting fed into a baler even as I type this.

ArsLegendi
August 14, 2020 3:26 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

If they replace Vlade without replacing Luke, that might actually be the last straw for me.

Last edited 10 months ago by ArsLegendi
andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Reply to  ArsLegendi

But I’m sure that Lose Walton would really like to be hired as GM of the Kings.

He and Dumars aren’t close personal friends, are they? We’re probably safe, only a Laker-at-heart would have hired Walton in the first place, and if there’s one thing Joe Dumars is not, it’s a Los Angeles Laker.

cbrody
August 14, 2020 4:27 pm
Reply to  ArsLegendi

I bet it will be a year before Walton is gone. That way the next GM will have cover for a year, and the owners won’t have to pay two coaches.

We’ll spend the year treating luke like a piñata, the new GM will throw his hands up and say I need to evaluate the team. At the beginning of 21/22 we’ll have a new coach.

Regardless, it’s time to sell everything. No time to evaluate cause Luke is our coach. even if we had LEbron we’d miss the playoffs next year. By 21/22 the core guys of this team will be around 30. No coach worth his salt will want to walk into that situation.

If the next GM likes Fox go ahead and try and build around him with young guys. But there is no reason anyone outside of Fox and Bagley (just cause he has no trade value) isn’t moved for assets. And if you can get something of value for Bagley hallelujah. I just don’t see that happening. Better to hope he can get healthy/better

AmateurNerd
August 14, 2020 3:58 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

If only…

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:27 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

I also don’t like suggesting that Walton was unproven when he was hired. He was unequivocally proven to be a loser and franchise-killer.

Man, I have a lot to say.

Kosta
August 14, 2020 3:36 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Maybe you just have to “Stick around and be patient”, as Luke says.

(where’s the sarcasm button here?)

L-Train3.1
August 14, 2020 7:27 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Get used to it, we have another year of it at minimum.

ScottyPop
August 14, 2020 4:20 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Get it out my man.

Ryan
Admin
August 14, 2020 4:53 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Who should be next on the chopping block?

richie88
August 14, 2020 11:02 pm
Reply to  Ryan

Since Luke’s apparently safe for at least 1 more season, I’d say Matina. I hope that both of them are gone ASAP.
 

Last edited 10 months ago by richie88
BabalooMagoo
August 15, 2020 5:51 am
Reply to  Ryan

With Vlade gone, I wonder how long Peja stays. Can anyone tell me exactly what he does?

Socalpurplecurse
August 14, 2020 4:58 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Good riddance he now has given me the 2 most painful memories as a king passing on Luka what should have been a slam dunk of a pick after the lottery gods gifted us the 2 spot, and passing to a wide open Robert Horry. I understand not making a call on Luke until a hire has been made and really hope he is next.

ZillersCat
August 14, 2020 6:44 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Should Breaking News get the special color of attention? Flashing red with a klaxon?

ArsLegendi
August 14, 2020 3:24 pm

I can finally have my memories of Vlade the player without the GM Vlade peepee stink on them.

Needed to happen way sooner, but still makes me a bit sad. I wish him the best.

Luke next, please.

Bbmuteman
August 14, 2020 3:30 pm
Reply to  ArsLegendi

Yeah, vlade’s time as a gm tainted his time as a player for me. Now, I don’t quite feel as bad. Still need more changes to come for me to feel better about the state of the organization.

Ezis
August 14, 2020 3:43 pm
Reply to  Bbmuteman

i think if the luka thing had just not happened, i’d be fine

Bbmuteman
August 14, 2020 10:25 pm
Reply to  Ezis

Or traded down, got bagley and porter jr.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:41 pm
Reply to  ArsLegendi

If the stink isn’t coming off of Isiah Thomas, it sure as hell isn’t coming off of Divac.

Which legacy will you have in your gauzy memories? The time his team choked in the biggest game in franchise history, or the time he passed up on a consensus likely All-NBA-caliber player in Luka?

At least Thomas got rings.

Otis
August 14, 2020 4:00 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

I gotta say, I wish I could celebrate the man as a player.

But some of his actions on the management side tarnish that – and not necessarily the Doncic miss, but his support of all types of bad behavior, whether that was DMC’s ongoing personality issues, Rondo’s gay bashing, or helping Walton bury his sexual assault complaint. It wasn’t just the poor drafting and roster management.

RikSmits
August 15, 2020 6:16 am
Reply to  Otis

Absolutely. His moral fiber showed, and not in a good way.
 
And still people are sucking his shoelaces and telling what a wonderful human being he is.
 
I have to give Vivek credit, he picked the right guy for living on fan goodwill credit. Amazing how long and how far people fell for it.

RikSmits
August 14, 2020 4:38 pm
Reply to  ArsLegendi

People keep saying this?

how can you see Luka tear up the league without cursing Vlade for the next decade or so?

His legacy is tainted for good.

ArsLegendi
August 14, 2020 5:43 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

I’ll just selectively forget that like I selectively forget the Horry tip.

“Man, that Kangz GM really bonerfingered that 2018 draft. That guy, you know, what’s his name.”

Last edited 10 months ago by ArsLegendi
richie88
August 14, 2020 11:08 pm
Reply to  ArsLegendi

I have a hard time remembering any of Vlade’s plays other than the Horry tip.

Kosta
August 15, 2020 11:19 am
Reply to  richie88

You just have to watch the tape.

(VHS tape from the late 90’s early 00’s, that is!)

Falconsfury
August 14, 2020 6:03 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

You know it

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Dirty5Thirty
August 14, 2020 3:25 pm

Dang! I never thought this would happen. Sweet, but fleeting, relief

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Kosta
August 14, 2020 3:37 pm
Reply to  Dirty5Thirty

I wish it happened before the 2018 draft.

Er, actually I wish it happened before he was hired!

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 3:25 pm

Too little, two drafts too late. Next on the agenda, a new GM that is told that he/she can’t fire Luke Walton.

Caboclo’d – we are two years away from being two years away. I will double down that no one on the current roster is on the Kings next playoff roster.

Here’s hoping that the new GM is given full autonomy and permission to blow this thing up.

Bye, Vlade.

Seven wasted years now, Vivek. Nice arena, though.

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 3:37 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Honestly and with no malice, I would love to see a response from the down voters on this one. Trying to figure out what I mis-stated here.

Otis
August 14, 2020 4:01 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

I downvoted it because I sensed you were wearing pants when you typed it.

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 4:06 pm
Reply to  Otis

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Kosta
August 14, 2020 4:06 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Me, too.

I don’t care about getting downvotes, but it would be nice to know the reasoning.

(I gave you a green thumb, by the way. Not a red one!)

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Otis
August 14, 2020 4:12 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Tell you how I look at this, and YMMV here – I consider them someone simply saying “I disagree with your opinion”. At first, I looked at them like they were flags, since that was the only option other than a Rec at…wait, what’s the name of that place?

Kosta
August 14, 2020 4:23 pm
Reply to  Otis

Yeah, that’s fair. I guess they don’t owe anyone an explanation for why they disagree.

I certainly am guilty of green-thumbing a lot of comments without any explanation! 🙂

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 5:52 pm
Reply to  Otis

I get that. The downvotes don’t bother me – I’d just like to see the alternate take.

Otis
August 14, 2020 7:21 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Absolutely. Not like you need to worry about your NetRating. 😆

LaBradfordsCreditCard
August 14, 2020 7:14 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

You have to look at it like rushing yards … you’re a net 33 yards at the moment.

1951
August 14, 2020 3:25 pm

Wow.
 
It’s the way it should be and yet I derive no joy from the news.
 
Still one of my favorite Kings players of all time!
 

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RobHessing
August 14, 2020 3:27 pm
Reply to  1951

Yeah, I would guess that anyone that has been calling for Vlade’s removal is taking little satisfaction in being right. I would have much preferred that Vlade proved me wrong for doubting him all these years.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:32 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

I’ve been calling for it since he was hired. There was no way that this wasn’t going to end badly.

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Otis
August 14, 2020 4:02 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

It’s a skilled position. That doesn’t mean a former player can’t do it (obviously, many have and done it well). It’s just that there was nothing in his background that indicated he was qualified to do much more than brand ambassador work.

BestHyperboleEver
August 14, 2020 6:23 pm
Reply to  Otis

Yeah, if you want to see Vlade as a GM, at least have him play assistant under an experienced mentor for a couple seasons.

BabalooMagoo
August 15, 2020 5:57 am
Reply to  Otis

Agree whole-heartedly. “Learn while you earn” may work as an apprentice , but it’s not a good choice (…cough, Vivek, cough…) for a GM position.

Last edited 10 months ago by BabalooMagoo
ArcoThunder
August 14, 2020 4:07 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

If he picked Luca we’d be in the playoffs and this town would be on fire. He’d be a hero.

but no. He messed up what I might argue was one of the most obvious picks to ever be resented considering the city, the team history, the GM and his international ties, the owner and his international ties, the Fan buzz, the desire to make it to the playoffs soon, the fact that bogi, one of Lucas Mentors was already here (was primed as Vlade and Peja part 2!) with Giles as Webber and fox as a way faster Bibby) AND… the fact that he was by far the most talented player on the board,

Otis
August 14, 2020 4:18 pm
Reply to  ArcoThunder

Amazing what one move can do for you. I mean, we might be in the playoffs, and giving him kudos for Fox, Doncic and maybe signing Holmes and Bjelica at bargain rates. The misses wouldn’t be as big of a deal.

Makes me think about Zach Lowe’s podcast focused on the Suns the other day. That franchise made 100 dumbshit moves, and even very recently. But they had Booker, and did a few other things right. His guest noted that the Suns just had a bunch of bites at the apple, and drafting Ayton and Bridges and dealing for Saric has corrected a lot of those bad moves.

BestHyperboleEver
August 14, 2020 6:35 pm
Reply to  Otis

Yeah, a series of good moves in relative proximity can make up for a lot of mistakes.

ajonez81
August 14, 2020 11:17 pm
Reply to  ArcoThunder

Damn, so true. We gotta let it go though, it’s been over.

RikSmits
August 14, 2020 4:31 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

It’s mixed feelings.
it is relief that a necessary thing happened and sadness that it was necesary.

It is a tiny sense of pride since the #HereWeBillboard may have been one of the drops that caused the bucket to overflow. But also apprehension on the question if they’ll bring in the right people this time.

It is frustration that it is too late and Luka is forever lost to us. It is hope because that bitch springs eternal and keeps sucking me back in every time I am almost out.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 5:21 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

Luka lost forever? You just know whoever is GM here when Doncic is thirty-five and coming off of his fourth knee-replacement surgery is going to offer him a max contract.

HongKongKingsFan
August 14, 2020 6:15 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

But he would still out-perform Bagley (assuming he is still in NBA)

Amonk81
August 14, 2020 8:28 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

No mixed feelings here. Divac set this franchise back a decade. He was atrocious and should have been fired awhile back. He let his ego fuck things up.

Unfortunately, it will likely take Vivek leaving to change the course of this franchise but if they hire a non-Dumars GM maybe ???

And how many fucking times is Vivek not going to allow a GM to pick his coach?

L-Train3.1
August 14, 2020 3:28 pm
Reply to  1951

Agreed, this is regrettable but inevitable.

Kosta
August 14, 2020 3:39 pm
Reply to  1951

Yeah. (sigh)

I don’t like to see people lose their jobs, and Vlade still has a special place in my heart as a player.

And also there’s no joy in seeing the direction of the Kings are going still. Joe Dumars isn’t going to be saving this franchise.

Vivek still has a lot of learning to do. If he will only let himself learn.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:45 pm
Reply to  Kosta

He only lost his job, he’s still being paid for another three years.

Otis
August 14, 2020 3:50 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Tis the Kings way…

richie88
August 14, 2020 11:17 pm
Reply to  1951

Vlade’s tenure as GM has been so terrible that I derive some joy from this. However, my suspicion that Vivek &/or Matina has actually made many, most or all of the basketball decisions during his tenure prevents me from feeling completely joyful about this.

Kosta
August 15, 2020 11:20 am
Reply to  richie88

Yeah, for me Vlade’s departure is more relief than joy.

The joy will come when we have an ownership that knows how to run a competitive basketball franchise.

Last edited 10 months ago by Kosta
Dub_TC
August 14, 2020 3:26 pm

Soooo happy to see him step down. This team needs a real GM.

Thanks for trying, Vlade. You did some damage, but still got love for you.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:33 pm
Reply to  Dub_TC

Haha, Divac “stepped down” in the same way that Benito Mussolini did.

Kingsguru21
August 14, 2020 3:34 pm
Reply to  Dub_TC

Loved the player. Hated the GM.

Falconsfury
August 14, 2020 3:26 pm

YESSS!!!

LandParkJimmer
August 14, 2020 3:27 pm

Highlight of 2020

LandParkJimmer
August 14, 2020 3:27 pm

Luke next!

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 3:33 pm
Reply to  LandParkJimmer

Would love that, but my guess is that Walton is around for at least another year.

If the new GM goes full Hinkie (or IS full Hinkie), he will spend the next couple of years deconstructing the roster. If that happens, there is no reason to fire Walton and hire another coach to lose games.

If the new GM thinks that there is a talent base to build off of, Walton will get at least one year to produce results.

Unlike Divac, I don’t think that Walton has any intentions of “stepping down,” and I don’t think the Kings will fire him. But we can dream.

Kingsguru21
August 14, 2020 3:36 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Wanna bet the new GM is Joe Dumars?

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:43 pm
Reply to  Kingsguru21

You thinking he Dick Cheneys this thing?

August 14, 2020 4:10 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

I searched high and low and just can’t seem to find a viable candidate for the job, but you know, I did win a championship in Detroit and I do have some free time on my hands…

Kingsguru21
August 15, 2020 9:11 am
Reply to  andy_sims

You know Sims, that’s exactly how Vlade got his job.

Also, how dare you bring Dick Cheney up at a time like this? I had almost gotten him out of my collective conscious…..

Storm
August 14, 2020 3:59 pm
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Please no…….oh God please no…..

Otis
August 14, 2020 4:20 pm
Reply to  Kingsguru21

I think if he wants to do it, it’s probably his. Or Peja. Yeah, it’s definitely going to be Peja.

realjc
August 14, 2020 5:38 pm
Reply to  Kingsguru21

That would be the Kangz way wouldn’t it.

Chef
August 14, 2020 6:44 pm
Reply to  Kingsguru21

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andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:36 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Wouldn’t you want to hire someone who is rising in the coaching ranks, that hasn’t gotten his or her shot yet? If we’re doing a full rebuild, lets get someone who doesn’t think they already know everything.

That being said, Mark Fucking Jackson.

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 3:47 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Eh, the coach for the next couple of years is going to be Eddie Jordan’d. He’s going to be the coach before THE coach.

I’ll pack Walton’s bags, but I don’t see the organization paying for two head coaches when the team is so obviously lottery material next season.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:54 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Everyone knows that when you kill the father, you have to kill the son, or he’ll take his revenge one day.

Jesus, if Walton is going to be a lame duck for the next 1-3 years, how will the team look when he’s not trying?

I don’t think a team could lose all eighty-two games in a season, but if it happens, Lose Walton will oversee it.

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 4:08 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Which would translate into better lottery odds.

This is going to be a bad team regardless. The organization is going to look at that and ask why pay for two coaches?

AirmaxPG
August 14, 2020 4:15 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

I’m wondering why having one of the assistants step up in the interim is not an option. I’d rather have Roy Rana getting a shot and developing players over Bill Walton’s kid yammering about watching tape.

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 4:20 pm
Reply to  AirmaxPG

Sure, most fans would. But Walton / no Walton is not going to make a difference at the gate or in the standings, so what’s the point? That is going to be the way that the organization looks at it.

ajonez81
August 14, 2020 11:21 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

No way Cool-Bland Luke lasts more than a year.

Last edited 10 months ago by ajonez81
richie88
August 14, 2020 11:23 pm
Reply to  ajonez81

It’s unlikely that Luke will last more than 1 more season, but it might happen if the Kings tank.

LandParkJimmer
August 14, 2020 3:56 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Mark Jackson would be sweet

9sac8
August 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Reply to  LandParkJimmer

No.. NOOOOOOO…dammit…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Nostradumbass 14
August 14, 2020 5:03 pm
Reply to  LandParkJimmer

…somewhere else.

SharkKing
August 14, 2020 3:46 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

If we tank for a draft pick, Walton is the perfect coach for 1 more year

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 4:10 pm
Reply to  SharkKing

You know Walton could still fuck it up, though. We’ll win just enough games to get the #14 pick.

ajonez81
August 14, 2020 11:20 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Kings need to start losing and get picks #TrustTheLosses

King4life
August 14, 2020 3:28 pm

Looks like Vivek read Tony’s article today and realized how much money Vlade’s cost him.

Can we please hold a normal GM candidate search and hire someone who can actually draft?

Wonderchild
August 14, 2020 4:47 pm
Reply to  King4life

Tony’s next article: “Vivek can’t afford to not hold a normal GM candidate search.”

Amonk81
August 14, 2020 8:33 pm
Reply to  Wonderchild

And for Tony’s third in the trilogy
-Vivek can’t afford being the owner of the Kings

Gregoryl
August 14, 2020 3:30 pm

Joe Dumars and Vivek will be choosing our next GM…
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Kfan
August 14, 2020 3:37 pm
Reply to  Gregoryl

At least they aren’t just going to run with Dumars.

Gregoryl
August 14, 2020 3:48 pm
Reply to  Kfan

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Kfan
August 14, 2020 9:43 pm
Reply to  Gregoryl

Oh fuck.

AmateurNerd
August 14, 2020 4:00 pm
Reply to  Kfan

Well…. uh….

RikSmits
August 14, 2020 4:34 pm
Reply to  Kfan

Oh you sweet summer child!

AirmaxPG
August 14, 2020 4:29 pm
Reply to  Gregoryl

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RORDOG
August 14, 2020 4:34 pm
Reply to  Gregoryl

I can’t find the article, but I swear Vlade was essentially in charge of hiring a new GM when Pete quit. Then they just decided to demote/promote Vlade from VP to GM. I believe Vlade’s original plan was to replace Pete with Ryan West or Kiki vande-however spell it.

Kingsguru21
August 14, 2020 3:33 pm

HR media releases are just the best. Also, I see it’s just the samo samo with this group. Glad to see any hope of being relevant left the building.

No, that’s not an anti Dumars take. I just don’t think that’s how the hiring process should go.

SPTSJUNKIE
August 14, 2020 3:34 pm

100% the right move. now we just need to take our time and hire the right GM

Looks like Walton is staying for now. Also the right move at least till we have a new GM.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:38 pm
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

Start fresh, or just keep Vlade around because, what difference does it make?

1951
August 14, 2020 3:55 pm
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

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Kosta
August 15, 2020 11:22 am
Reply to  1951

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ArcoThunder
August 14, 2020 4:19 pm
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

For now sure. Makes no sense to fire Walton yet. If the new GM wants to, hopefully he is allowed. I hope he or she does.

likely he’s here for one more year. It gives the new GM some time to scope things out and it’s the perfect get out of jail free card after season one. His/her real critique will start year two.

furious.d
August 14, 2020 4:21 pm
Reply to  SPTSJUNKIE

I don’t think keeping Luke around even for the GM search is the right move. If I’m a qualified GM and the owner is telling me they want to consider keeping the same coach and roster that had losing streaks of 5, 8, and 6 last season I’m not even getting on the flight. 7 of our 9 top rotation players are under contract for next season, so why would we expect a different outcome this time?

Let someone who knows what their doing start with the cleanest slate possible.

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BestHyperboleEver
August 14, 2020 6:27 pm
Reply to  furious.d

Eh, I think the idea should be that we aren’t going to make any major decisions until the new GM can be involved.

And I think that’s the right way to go.

Bring in the new GM and let HIM make the decision about how and when to move on from Walton.

SPTSJUNKIE
August 14, 2020 7:11 pm

Agreed

Kosta
August 14, 2020 3:34 pm

Hypothetical If-He-Never-Got-Fired-And-Still-Worked-His-Radio-Show-At-KHTK-GRANT:

(whispers) “Did he leave town already? He did?”

(talks into broadcast microphone): “Folks, today is a good day for the Sacramento Kings. They’ve gotten rid of who I believe is responsible for the Kings missing the playoffs.”
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SharkKing
August 14, 2020 3:36 pm

Best news since the day we drafted Fox. Unfortunately it’s 2 years too late and I don’t have faith in Dumars or Vivek to choose the right GM. Plus, looks like another situation where we hire a coach before the GM.

AirmaxPG
August 14, 2020 4:06 pm
Reply to  SharkKing

Third time’s the charm.

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 3:40 pm

Also, love the timing of the organization to leak this on a late Friday afternoon.

sactownchad
August 14, 2020 3:56 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

“We find it’s always better to fire people on a Friday. Studies have statistically shown that there’s less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.” – The Bobs
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ZillersCat
August 14, 2020 4:25 pm
Reply to  sactownchad

We are going with Dumar ..
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TheKingsGuard
August 14, 2020 7:01 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

At least they sometimes understand how PR works.

August 15, 2020 6:04 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

I’m grateful that they didn’t get together a bunch of analytics nerds and make a 2-part video out of making their decision that ended up with “Stauskas Rocks!”

Ezis
August 14, 2020 3:41 pm

imagine peja getting named as the next gm

ArsLegendi
August 14, 2020 5:46 pm
Reply to  Ezis

You can’t make me

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 3:43 pm

I’ll bet right now that there is not a new GM in place in time for the draft, which takes place October 16. Dumars and Vivek will make the call.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:48 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

It’s two months, they ought to be able to investigate and meet with potentials over that time frame. It can be done quickly without rushing.

That being said, they can take a full year if they end up making the right hire.

oshima9
August 14, 2020 3:56 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

it is supposed to be a weak draft, so that helps.

AmateurNerd
August 14, 2020 4:01 pm
Reply to  oshima9

This draft and our front office will be a good match.

BeTheBall
August 14, 2020 4:17 pm
Reply to  AmateurNerd

And roster

BigDrewbot
August 14, 2020 6:12 pm
Reply to  BeTheBall

which is why we will defy the odds and win the lottery for the #1 spot.

BestHyperboleEver
August 14, 2020 6:10 pm
Reply to  oshima9

That means we need better people in place. Not that it matters less.

Dirkula
August 14, 2020 3:44 pm

Glad he’s gone.
Terrified of who’s next.
Hard to be overly optimistic when Vivek is still making the next hire and Matina is still in his ear…
Yay? 😬

SelecaoKOJ
August 14, 2020 3:45 pm

There is a God! Dumars will start an extensive search for a New GM. The New GM will most likely want his own coach. Walton has to know his days are numbered.

andy_sims
August 14, 2020 3:57 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

It’s horrifying to think that they could hire a new General Manager who does not have the power to fire the head coach.

Very on-brand, though.

Marty
August 14, 2020 3:47 pm

BILLBOARD FOR THE WIN!

RobHessing
August 14, 2020 3:51 pm
Reply to  Marty

Quick, get the “Draft Doncic!” billboard up!!!

HongKongKingsFan
August 14, 2020 6:23 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

maybe we should keep the billboard, as a way to giving message to Vivek what he actually should do, who should be hire

Kosta