Report | Kings hire Scott Perry as executive VP of basketball operations

Dec. 16, 2014 - Sacramento, CA, USA - Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, right, cheers on the Kings, as general manager Pete D'Alessandro looks on, as the team makes a run late in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
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The Sacramento Kings have reportedly hired Scott Perry as their new executive vice president of basketball operations. He will work closely with Kings’ general manager Vlade Divac.

Perry worked the last five years as an assistant general manager for the Orlando Magic. He left that organization when the Magic fired their general manager, Rob Hennigan, last week.

The 53-year-old began his career as a NBA executive in 2000 when he joined the Detroit Pistons’ front office. Perry played a role in building a roster that would make six Eastern Conference Finals appearances from 2003 to 2008. During that stretch, Detroit would also win two Eastern Conference titles and the 2004 NBA Championship. After that, he served as assistant general manager for the then Seattle Supersonics, but at the conclusion of his first season in the northwest, Perry returned to Detroit to become the Pistons’ vice president of basketball operations. He held that position from 2008 to 2012.

In 2012, he joined Hennigan in Orlando, becoming the assistant general manager of the Magic. While there, Perry had a hand in drafting Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and Mario Hezonja.

Perry will not be faced with the daunting task of turning around the Kings, who haven’t been to the postseason since 2005-2006. During that 11-year drought, the closest Sacramento has come to a .500 mark was a 38-44 record, which the team accomplished in 2007-2008. Since then, they have won more than 30 games just twice.

Making matter worse, the Kings just traded away their best player, center DeMarcus Cousins, several months ago. Sacramento went 32-50 in 2016-2017.

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