Monday , Jul , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Divac going back to City of Angels?

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Vlade Divac is reportedly headed back to
where he stared his NBA career, as the 7-foot-1 center is expected to sign
with the Los Angeles Lakers this week.

According to ESPN.com, Divac will most likely sign a multi-year deal worth
almost $5 million. Divac, an unrestricted free agent, was drafted by LA in
1989 and played seven seasons with the Lakers.

The Serbian, who played the past six years in Sacramento, was dealt to the
Charlotte Hornets for the draft rights of current Los Angeles superstar Kobe
Bryant.

Divac averaged 9.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 81 regular-season
games last season for the Kings. In 12 playoff contests, the 36-year-old Divac
posted 6.6 points and 4.9 boards per game.

Sacramento ousted Dallas in five games in the first-round of the playoffs, but
was eliminated in seven games by Minnesota in the Western Conference
semifinals.

The Lakers are in need of a big man after dealing former MVP center Shaquille
O’Neal to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, Caron Butler and a
first-round draft pick.

LAL SAC