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For one thing, Rivers isn’t leaving the Clippers. He’s owed $22 million-plus over the next two years, and he has the confidence of Ballmer. The Clippers didn’t promote Lawrence Frank to executive vice president of basketball operations, give him a long-term deal, only to tear apart the management structure months later. Ballmer, Rivers and Frank have worked to build out the front office and scouting department, and examine the processes of what they all agreed was the most important summer in franchise history.
There has been a lot of talk about current Clippers president Doc Rivers making a return to Orlando, where he still maintains his off-season home. However, sources close to that situation said that Rivers addressed the rumors with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer back in March and pledged to stay in his current deal, a deal that pays him north of $11 million per year to skipper the Clippers as coach and team president.
Jovan Buha: Clippers head coach Doc Rivers shot down a question about him possibly retiring from coaching and moving to the front office full time. Rivers said his goal in Los Angeles is "pride of place," and admitted he still has a ways to go to reach it.
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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June 18, 2021 | 11:28 am EDT Update
Shane Battier has left his full time job heading up the Heat’s basketball development and analytics department but will do consulting work for the organization, according to a league source. Battier, 42, initially joined the Heat’s front office on Feb. 16, 2017 as the director of basketball development and analytics and just completed his fourth season as the organization’s vice president of basketball development and analytics. His responsibilities included the development of analytics to evaluate talent, including college prospects, free agents and current Heat players.
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It’s possible that some combination of coach Erik Spoelstra, general manager Andy Elisburg, assistant GM Adam Simon and CEO Nick Arison could fill Riley’s personnel responsibilities when he retires, but that’s speculative at this point. Alonzo Mourning, the Heat’s vice president of player programs, also could be considered for a bigger role if he’s interested.
Going into the combine, Hyland is widely seen as a late first-round (where he was projected on our mock draft and another from USA TODAY’s Scott Gleeson) or early second-round pick at this point. But anyone who can shoot the ball the way Bones can has a legitimate chance to make an organization fall in love during pre-draft. “You draft him because he is a shot creator, he is skilled, he can score, he can shoot it and he handles it. He is a below-the-rim finisher,” said an NBA executive, who spoke to For The Win on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on behalf of their team.
Hyland plays the game without fear and that becomes even more obvious when he in the open floor. If he is running the break, he is one of the few prospects who has the guts to ever consider stopping near the logo to pull up from deep, a move most wouldn’t even dare to try while playing NBA 2K. “I love transition,” said Hyland. “That’s what makes the game fun. I love hearing the crowd screaming, yelling, and you just pull up from 30 feet deep. Boom! Bow! The ball goes in and it’s just like, ‘Yo, you just made the crowd go crazy.’ That’s been me my whole life.”
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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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