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Stats guru Dean Oliver to be replaced by Sacramento Kings

Dean Oliver, right, with Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac, left, owner Vivek Ranadive, is not being retained as the team’s analytics guru, a position Divac did not value.
Dean Oliver, right, with Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac, left, owner Vivek Ranadive, is not being retained as the team’s analytics guru, a position Divac did not value. rpench@sacbee.com

Noted basketball analytics pioneer Dean Oliver will not return to the Sacramento Kings.

Oliver was hired as director of player personnel and head of analytics last October, having worked with former general manager Pete D’Alessandro in Denver. D’Alessandro likened adding Oliver to signing a big free agent to the roster.

Even though Oliver also worked with coach George Karl in Denver, the Kings will look to replace him with someone hired by vice president of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac.

A report from Sportando suggested Divac did not believe in the use of analytics in evaluations. The report said Divac told Oliver to stay away from the team at summer league in Las Vegas earlier this month. Oliver, however, was in Las Vegas.

Divac has offered former Kings All-Star Peja Stojakovic a front-office job. He’s expected to continue to revamp the front office after players lost faith and confidence in management last season that began when coach Michael Malone was fired.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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