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Sacramento Kings sign Vlade Divac to multiyear deal

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The Sacramento Kings have had a turbulent campaign throughout 2015-16 but recorded their first 30-win season in eight years with their latest victory over the Washington Wizards. There have definitely been signs of improvement for the Pacific Division franchise, despite some evident issues.

The powers that be in California have obviously seen enough and have been suitably impressed by the work of general manager Vlade Divac to tie him down to a long-term deal. 

The GM and vice president of basketball operations has been in his current position with the Kings since August and has overseen their 29-45 season to date. 

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Divac, who spent six years as a player with the Western Conference franchise from 1998-2004, originally joined the front office in March, overseeing a lot of the changes in the off-season before taking on his current role. 

The Serbian said he was looking forward to building a winning team in Sacramento, but has some huge decisions approaching once the season comes to an end. 

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Coach George Karl's future is one of the major talking points after a number of high-profile problems throughout the course of the campaign. 

Despite the issues, the Kings have a franchise star in the shape of DeMarcus Cousins who they will be hoping to build a successful future around. The center, who made his second appearance as an All-Star at the Air Canada Centre in February, has been producing brilliant individual numbers at the Sleep Train Arena this season. 

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The 25-year-old is averaging a career-high 27 points per night, shooting 45.3 percent from the field, along with 12.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists. With his contract running until 2018, the Kentucky product is seen as the foundation for brighter times. 

Point guard Rajon Rondo has also been a big factor in their first 30-win season since 2008, but with free agency fast approaching, Divac will have a job on his hands to convince the former champion that his future lies in Sacramento.

After a difficult period recovering from injury, Rondo has been producing some impressive numbers at the one spot and, once again, leads the league in assists - averaging 11.7 per night, which is level for his career-high in a single season. 

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The two former All-Stars have been the main contributors for the Kings throughout the campaign and Divac will be praying he can take them both to their new downtown arena next season. 

Having missed on the playoffs so regularly, there are shoots of hope in Sac, but the 48-year-old will have to do something special in the off-season to take his team into the top eight in the west. 

Topics:
DeMarcus Cousins
Sacramento Kings
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Rajon Rondo

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