Last Cigarette: Vlade Divac steps down as Kings general manager

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Kings fans are well aware of what general manager and vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac said in February 2017. Just days after trading center All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, Divac promised he had a plan. And if his plan didn’t work, he would take responsibility.

“I think we will be in a better position in two years,” said Divac Sacramento Bee columnist Ailene Voisin. “I want to hear from these same people again in two years. If I’m right, great. If I am wrong, I will withdraw. But if I go down, I go down my way.

Although it’s been three and a half years, not two, Divac essentially keeps its word. The Kings general manager, who joined the team’s front office in March 2015 and got the general manager job in August, resigned on Friday. Special Advisor Joe Dumars will take over on an interim basis.

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