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Divac offers former All-Star Stojakovic front-office job with Kings

hamezcua@sacbee.com

With the Kings’ roster set for now, Vlade Divac is tailoring the front office.

Divac, the vice president of basketball and franchise operations, has offered former Kings All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic a front-office position.

“I asked him to join me, and in September, we’ll probably know,” Divac said.

Stojakovic has been an adviser to Divac this offseason, when the Kings made sweeping roster changes after a 29-53 season. Stojakovic also traveled with the team to observe the Las Vegas summer league.

Divac assumed his position in March, and like the roster, the front-office decision makers will look much different from last season. Divac asked Stojakovic to help amid turnover in management.

“I was left without my GM two weeks before the draft,” Divac said.

Former general manager Pete D’Alessandro left Sacramento for a front-office job with Denver, where he worked before joining the Kings. D’Alessandro lost his authority on basketball-related issues to Divac.

Assistant general manager Mike Bratz was elevated to interim general manager and is expected to take over the role full time.

D’Alessandro’s departure was the second of a key Kings executive in the last 12 months. Shareef Abdur-Rahim left as director of pro personnel before last season after a rift with D’Alessandro.

If Stojakovic accepts Divac’s offer, he would have to move back to the United States from Europe, where he has lived since retiring from the NBA after winning a championship with Dallas in 2011.

“He has family over there, so he has to make a decision,” Divac said.

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