The series of layoffs and furloughs that reduced the workforce within the Kings organization over the past few months has now impacted the team's basketball operations staff.
Kings interim executive vice president of basketball operations Joe Dumars released a statement Wednesday announcing some employees in basketball operations were furloughed Tuesday due to event cancellations and revenue losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Essential basketball operations staff needed to prepare for the upcoming NBA Draft, including members of the front office, analytics and scouting, were not affected, sources said.
Employees who were furloughed this week will continue to receive medical benefits and are tentatively expected to return to work in November, pending further information regarding the start of the 2020-21 season, sources said. The Kings did not specify which positions in the basketball operations department were impacted.
"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.
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