The LA Clippers have expressed interest in hiring NBA legend Jerry West away from the Golden State Warriors, sources told ESPN. League sources told ESPN that the Clippers would like to bring West into their organization in an advisory capacity, similar to the role he has held with the Warriors since May 2011.
Jovan Buha: Doc was adamant that he just coaches and Lawrence Frank runs the day-to-day GM duties for the team. Doc simply has final say with his role.
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.”
Arash Markazi: The Los Angeles Clippers have hired Dee Brown as Director of Player Programs. pic.twitter.com/ixDDupbVxT
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.
Marc Stein: Away from the Finals: ESPN sources say the Clippers intend to move Lawrence Frank from the bench to a high-ranking post in the front office.
October 24, 2021 | 9:41 pm EDT Update
Adam Wexler: With his 8th 3ptFGM, #Rockets @Jalen Green just set the franchise rookie record for 3ptFGM in a game. (Previous: Cuttino Mobley & Michael Dickerson with 7 – in the same game on Mar. 25, 1999 vs Raptors). Green has 28 pts (8-10 on 3’s), Rockets trail 104-90. @SportsTalk790
Lauren Rosen: Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid: “[His leadership is] so good. He’s been absolutely wonderful. Not just with his play but verbally, on the floor… And he’s in great shape too. The blocks that he’s having… we’ve got a 7-foot-1 guy doing eurosteps. It’s incredible watching him play.”
Mark Cuban is working on a program that would offer Mavericks fans a $50 credit each month of the season toward DirecTV Stream to reduce the cost of the only streaming platform that offers Bally Sports Southwest, he told The Dallas Morning News. The Mavericks’ owner is still working on details, but he said the franchise would first offer season-ticket holders the opportunity and then expand sign-ups to the first 10,000 fans total.
October 24, 2021 | 8:21 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (ankle sprain) is doubtful tomorrow vs Pacers. Brook Lopez (back soreness) and Donte DiVincenzo (ankle recovery) are out. No changes to the Pacers’ injury report. LeVert, Warren, Martin out.