The Clippers have dug themselves into a hole with their roster construction.
Barring Kevin Durant accepting seemingly unfavorable terms or a great trade for Blake Griffin emerging, the Clippers’ ideal offseason is probably just overpaying Jeff Green, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford and hoping Cole Aldrich somehow accepts the mid-level exception. Too close to the salary cap and possessing the trio’s Bird Rights, the Clippers don’t have many other options.
One thing they can do: Try to avoid similar binds in the future.
The Los Angeles Clippers have reached agreement with assistant coach Lawrence Frank on a promotion to executive vice president of basketball operations, reporting directly to president and coach Doc Rivers, league sources told The Vertical.
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.
Rivers is a good coach, but he has struggled running the front office. It’s too much work for one person, and Rivers has just fallen into acquiring players he previously coached, had success against him or are related to him.
Maybe Frank, whose background is also in coaching, will do better. At minimum, the former assistant coach will be committed to just the one job.