Vlade Divac, the Sacramento Kings‘ general manager, has stated in a recent interview with Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee, that if the Kings do not improve their fortunes in the next two years, he will step down.
The clock is ticking, Vlade. pic.twitter.com/jIy6vpmwqC
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 26, 2017
During the interview, Divac touched on several issues circulating around his future and his decisions that have irked many fans recently. As you can imagine, the DeMarcus Cousins blockbuster trade to the New Orleans Pelicans featured rather prominently in this interview.
“They supported DeMarcus (Cousins), and I like DeMarcus a lot. 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,” said a defiant Divac.
The Cousins trade was the last straw for many long-standing Kings fans, who then began to call for his head. After seemingly promising the All-Star center he would not be moved this season, Divac quickly went back on his word and sent Cousins packing for New Orleans.
What angered fans more was the fact that Divac later claimed he had received a better offer two days prior to moving Cousins. The Kings acquired Buddy Hield, who he claimed had ‘Steph Curry potential’ (an opinion that drove many fans crazy, and not in a good way), Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a couple of picks.
Yep, Vlade actually said this. pic.twitter.com/CEW7aynAZ2
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) February 20, 2017
Divac continued to add fuel to the fire when he claimed that ‘culture and character matter‘ when defending the blockbuster trade. A preposterous statement that begged belief considering some of the more reputable characters the Kings had on their roster.
The Serbian has been at the helm in Sacramento since March 2015, and was appointed as the general manager on August 31st. Since his appointment, the Kings have won 58 games, and lost a further 83, a 41.1%-win percentage. While not entirely bad numbers, they aren’t good enough for a team that could have been gunning for a playoff berth with Cousins and Rudy Gay at the forefront of their offense.
While Sacramento are currently 1-1 post-deadline, a better record than the 0-3 Pelicans, the fans may be hoping for a run of less fortunate results in order to rid their franchise of Vlade Divac, and start anew.