Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Sacramento Kings named Vlade Divac the vice president of basketball and franchise operations on Tuesday.

Divac's responsibilities will include advising the front office and coaching staff, assisting the organization's global branding efforts, augmenting fan outreach initiatives and oversight of player development programs. Additionally, he will facilitate talent evaluation and help foster relationships between the team and a growing pipeline of European athletes.

"It's a great honor returning to the city that has provided a lifetime of unforgettable experiences," said Divac. "Sacramento and the Kings organization were always in my thoughts and I often dreamed of having a role in helping our amazing fans realize the ultimate NBA prize."

Divac played in the NBA for 16 seasons, including six seasons with the Kings from 1998 to 2004. He retired with the Los Angeles Lakers following the 2004-05 season.

The 47-year-old Divac averaged 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game for his career.