The economic crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic has finally started to hit the basketball side of the Sacramento Kings.
On Wednesday, Interim Executive Vice-President Joe Dumars announced that furloughs were issued to a number of full-time employees in the Kings’ basketball operations department. The furloughs are expected to be in effect for at least the next 8-10 weeks. During their absence those employees will continue to receive medical benefits and are expected to return to their duties with the team once the NBA future is clearer.
“Given uncertainty about the start of next season due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to furlough a handful of full-time positions across our basketball operations departments primarily around support roles,” Dumars said.
It was not immediately known who was affected by this move, but senior members of the front office, scouting, and analytics were spared as they need to prepare for the upcoming NBA Draft and free-agency season.