DeMarcus Cousins-George Karl relationship 'isn't pretty,' Vlade Divac says

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Now that the pre-draft drama that surrounded the Kings and star DeMarcus Cousins seems to have settled, team president Vlade Divac is tasked with repairing the damage in time for the 2015-16 season.

He'll need to start with the relationship between Cousins and coach George Karl, which Divac acknowledged isn't at a good place in the aftermath of the reports Karl exhaustively sought to trade the franchise center leading up to the NBA Draft.

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"Well, I'll be honest with you, it's not pretty right now," Divac said Thursday during an appearance on "The Jim Rome Show" on CBS Sports Radio. "But I'm focused on bringing a better team this year, and I think I did a pretty good job in this free agency and now I'm going to be focused on the two of them."

Cousins has been the subject of a what seems to be a three-way power struggle in the Kings' front office involving Divac, Karl and team owner Vivek Ranadive. 

After Karl became the Kings' coach halfway through last season, he reportedly has been adamant that the team would be better

off without Cousins despite resistance from Divac, who took over as president in March for his first job as an NBA executive.

Ranadive said the Kings have "zero interest" in trading Cousins and at one point reportedly considered firing Karl. But other reports suggested Ranadive has since given clearance to deal the 24-year-old superstar. 

Divac reaffirmed his support of Cousins during the interview Thursday and again denied trade rumors involving the Kings' "franchise guy."

"I really believe in DeMarcus," he said.

Divac also downplayed what some consider could be an irreparable rift between he and Karl, who share "the same philosophy of basketball."

"We have some differences, we are working on it and every day it's better and better," he said. "I really think I can create a healthy environment here and everybody should be on the same page by October."