The Sacramento Kings are in disarray. They finished with the third-worst record in the Western Conference this past season and are in serious need of a turnaround.
General manager Vlade Divac enters his first NBA Draft at the helm, knowing he must hit a home run.
“We have to upgrade our personnel staff and add people in the future, no question,” Divac told the Sacramento Bee. “But I’m comfortable with our scouting and preparation. Mike (Bratz) has seen everyone many times. Dean Oliver, Chad Iske and coach George (Karl) have all been working really hard. Our European scout (Marco Baldi) has us covered overseas. And with the international players, well, before I came back to Sacramento from Serbia, I watched most of these kids grow up.”
Outside of bringing in young players, could the Kings be looking to move one out? Rumors have swirled about the status of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, but Divac has no interest in trading him.
“That is not happening,” Divac said. “but I would love to do something, a smaller move, before the draft. We have a lot of changes to make. The league is much more up-tempo now, and we need more three-point shooting. If we don’t get that in the draft, we’ll be active in free agency and see about making trades later in the offseason.
“We know our coach and the pieces he needs. And I really believe we are going to be a totally different team next season, with different energy. Our goal next year is not only to have a winning season, but a playoff season. This draft is important, but it’s only the beginning.”