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After George Karl was fired as head coach of the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, April 14, 2015, Bee sports columnist Ailene Voisin discussed what faces team general manager Vlade Divac this offseason. He'll need to hire another coach and also an ex
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After George Karl was fired as head coach of the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, April 14, 2015, Bee sports columnist Ailene Voisin discussed what faces team general manager Vlade Divac this offseason. He'll need to hire another coach and also an ex

For more than a year the Kings have been trying to put together its front office under Vlade Divac.

The Kings took a major step Thursday by officially announcing the addition Ken Catanella his staff as assistant general manager.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ken to the Kings’ organization,” said Divac. “His wide-ranging experiences around the game of basketball lend strength and versatility to the front office and I’m excited to begin working with him immediately.”

Catanella brings to Sacramento expertise in the salary cap, collective bargaining agreement and analytics, and will begin helping with the ongoing coaching search and the Kings’ preparation for the NBA Draft.

He’ll be the Kings’ salary cap specialist in addition to assisting with personnel decisions and day-to-day operations.

Catanella said he’s excited to work with Divac and assist in the general manager’s vision for the Kings.

“For me it’s all apart of wanting to be bigger part of something bigger than ourselves,” Catanella said.

Catanella was the director of basketball operations and assistant general manager for the Detroit Pistons for nearly five years after working for the New Jersey Nets and the NBA. He was part of a front office in Detroit that successfully turned the Pistons back into a playoff team through some shrewd trades that landed the likes of Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris.

Though Catanella’s expertise includes the cap and analytics, he does have a background on the court. He’s a graduate of Amherst College where he played and also coached.

He also has an MBA from Duke University and served as a graduate assistant to on the Blue Devils men’s basketball team from 2004 to 2006.

Catanella also played professional basketball for the Bundesliga’s Cologne 99ers of the German League before becoming the assistant general manager for the 99ers.

Mike Bratz, who served as assistant general manager last season, will now take on new role as adviser to Divac in addition to director of scouting.

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

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