Sacramento Kings

Kings’ Divac adds general manager title; Stojakovic joins front office

Bee Sports Staff

Peja Stojakovic smiles at his former teammates as his jersey is retired at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
Peja Stojakovic smiles at his former teammates as his jersey is retired at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Vlade Divac, hired in March by the Kings as vice president of basketball and franchise operations, has added the title of general manager, the team announced Monday.

The position had been vacant since Pete D’Alessandro left the Kings to become senior vice president of business and team operations for the Denver Nuggets. Mike Bratz, who was the interim general manager after D’Alessandro, will continue as assistant general manager, a position he has held since returning to the Kings in 2013. Bratz played for the Kings in 1985-86 and was an assistant coach for seven seasons.

Former Kings All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic has been hired as the team’s director of player personnel and development. He also will be the general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate. Stojakovic played nearly eight seasons for the Kings after being drafted 14th in 1996. He averaged 18.3 points and played in three All-Star Games.

The team also announced that Roland Beech has been hired as vice president of basketball strategy and data science. Beech has been with the Dallas Mavericks the past 10 years in a variety of positions, including most recently as vice president of basketball operations.

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