Veteran executive Joe Dumars is leaving the Kings to become the executive VP of basketball operations with the league office, the NBA announced in a release.
Dumars will begin his new role next week and will oversee basketball operations for the entire league, including “the development of playing rules and interpretations, conduct and discipline, and policies and procedures relating to the operation of games,” the NBA said in its statement.
A Hall of Fame guard from his time as a player with the Pistons, Dumars was hired by the Kings in 2019 as a special advisor to then-general Vlade Divac. After Divac was fired, Dumars became interim GM. He was then replaced by Monte McNair and moved into the position as chief strategy officer.
With the league office, Dumars is replacing Kiki Vandeweghe, who served in an advisory role this past season following eight years in the job that Dumars just got.
Prior to joining the Kings, Dumars served as GM of the Pistons, winning NBA Executive of the Year in 2003 and shaping a roster that won the NBA championship in 2004.
“Joe’s extensive track record of accomplishment as an NBA player and team executive and the leadership and expertise that he has demonstrated in various roles make him a natural fit to drive efforts to further enhance the game,” NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said in a statement. “As a respected longtime member of the NBA family, Joe has developed strong relationships across the league that will set the foundation for success in his new position.”