Jerry West has been part of NBA front offices for years, first with the Los Angeles Lakers and then as GM of the Memphis Grizzlies. Now an advisor with the Golden State Warriors, West could be heading back to LA.
According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Clippers have an interest in bringing West back to Southern California in a role similar to the one he has now with the Warriors.
The former Lakers great, 79, has apparently been coveted by several teams.
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.
Other undisclosed teams, sources said, have made similar runs at West, who is under contract with Golden State through July as a member of its executive board and has been asked by Warriors owner Joe Lacob to stay with the franchise.
It’s possible West makes the leap if the Warriors bounce the Cavaliers this season and he wants to add another big challenge to his plate. A return to LA could also be a factor. To be honest, both seem negligible.
The Clippers are a bit of a mess with Doc Rivers in a dual head coach/GM role. The roster is top heavy, and the team is in a sticky situation when it comes to the contracts of both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Years of haphazard play in the postseason have left the Clippers looking in from the outside despite their many stars.
The Warriors are due up for a Finals appearance just about every year for the next half decade or more and are one of the best-run organizations in the NBA. Why leave that now? If West moves, the decision would likely be a personal one.