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The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly interested in NBA legend Jerry West and the feeling is reportedly mutual.
West has worked wonders as an executive and adviser with everyone from the Los Angeles Lakers to Memphis Grizzlies to nowadays, the Golden State Warriors.
And as ESPN reported Tuesday, the Clippers are the next team hoping to bring West into the organization in an “advisory capacity similar to the role he has held with the Warriors since May 2011.”
Now comes the news that West is “very intrigued” about working with the Clippers, per the Los Angeles Times.
But would West leave the Warriors for the Clippers? Sounds like a definite maybe.
West, 79, is a basketball “icon,” as ESPN accurately labeled him, and his presence brings instant credibility to a franchise. And the Clippers sure could use a bit of good news as they begin a summer in which starters Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and JJ Redick become free agents.
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.
ESPN reported last week that San Antonio Spurs plan to explore the possibility of acquiring Paul. The Charlotte Hornets are another team that is strongly interested, Amico Hoops has learned.