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Do the rumblings about Ballmer's close ties to former Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers executive Bob Whitsitt, as some league insiders believe, make Whitsitt destined to land in charge of the Clips in coming years?‎
The coach and president said there is a “50-50” chance the Clippers would either add someone from the buyout market or the Development League, a move that would require waiving someone else. The question came up because of an ESPN report Tuesday that the Clippers could be interested in forward Omri Casspi, waived last month by the Pelicans. While that move doesn’t appear likely, Rivers is keeping open the option of doing something. “We’re always looking at it,” Rivers said, adding, “We’re looking at everything.”
Frank will be charged with reshaping the franchise’s front office, including building out the infrastructure of its scouting, sports science and long-term strategic planning, sources said. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has committed to significant resources in staff and budget for those pursuits, sources said.
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The Thunder will eventually make a push toward competing, but that won’t happen until another year or two down the road. For now though, they send a high-priced former Celtic on the roster back to Boston, a place MassLive reported last week that he would love to return to, according to league sources. Moving a first-round pick with Walker to bring back Horford to Boston helps Brad Stevens on a pair of fronts. First, it significantly reduces the payroll for the next two years as Horford only makes $27 million next season and his 2022-23 salary is only partially guaranteed ($14.5 million). Horford also would fit a big hole as a stretch big in the frontcourt in the interim, although it remains unclear how much he has left in the tank after flaming out in Philadelphia.
“There’s two destination that are heavily rumored. The first you just mentioned is the Bucks. If Bud goes, Rick moved in there would immediately allow him to take over a championship contending team.” “There’s a lot of smoke about a potential Rick Carlisle reunion with the Pacers,” said MacMahon. MacMahon indicated that he hasn’t heard that rumor from anyone directly involved. Carlisle was head coach of the Pacers from 2003 until 2007.
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Pacers keeping GM Kevin Pritchard

The Indiana Pacers had a disappointing 20-21 season in which they fired Nate Bjorkgren as head coach after one season, but Kevin Pritchard will remain in his role running the front office. “Let me say a few things about Indiana,” said Brian Windhorst. “One, I know Kevin Pritchard, their general manager, came out and gave a press conference and made it sound like his future was in some sort of doubt there. That is no longer the case. He has been assured he will be there. I don’t think he was ever really in danger. Herb Simon, who is the owner of the team, is extremely close to him. They have an extremely close relationship. It doesn’t mean they couldn’t make a change. Without going too far, I will say Kevin Pritchard has been assured he’s going to be there.”
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