Jerry West to join the L.A. Clippers next season
The Logo had made his decision in the last couple of weeks, but kept mum as his current employer went through the NBA Finals.
West was the architect of two championship Los Angeles Lakers teams as a general manager, once during the 80s Showtime era, and another in the Shaquille O’Neal–Kobe Bryant era at the turn of the century.
The 79-year-old executive helped the Warriors with his often-blunt and down-to-earth approach to basketball, helping the organization with his input in offseason and midseason acquisitions and player-to-suit relationships like the one he notably formed with Kevin Durant.
West is largely credited with his unequivocal support of a culture change with the arrival of new ownership, turning a bottom-feeding team on the rise to a bona fide championship contender over the past few years.
The Clippers will now have an asset of major importance to aid them in keeping All-Star point guard Chris Paul in-house this offseason — being one of the major question marks revolving around Lob City as he is likely to opt out of his contract to become a free agent, seeking one last long-term contract to finish out his NBA career.