In what is expected to be a bustling off-season in the NBA, a big shoe has already dropped. It didn’t happen in a player locker room but in an organization’s head office. Jerry West, best known for being the model of the NBA’s iconic logo and one of the best NBA players ever, has left the 2017 NBA champions, Golden State Warriors, to take a job with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 79-year-old West was responsible for putting together some of the Los Angeles Lakers’ most impressive teams in two different eras. He has been a well-respected figure in various front offices over the years. He joins the Clippers just in time to possibly help the franchise enter a rebuilding phase this season. The Clippers are at a crossroads and have to decide whether they will make moves to keep their core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan intact; or rebuild from the ground up via some key sign-and-trade deals, which could take place as early as the 2017 draft. It still remains to be seen whether West will be in a decision-making position with the Clips or not. Nevertheless, his presence in LAC’s front office does improve the organization’s outlook for the future, overall.