The Los Angeles Clippers have had quite a busy and eventful offseason. Their latest offseason move is freeing head coach Doc Rivers today from his role as president of basketball operations, while allowing him to remain as the team’s head coach, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported. Lawrence Frank, the team’s former executive vice president will be promoted and oversee basketball operations in partnership with Rivers and report to owner Steve Ballmer.
Prior to this move, Rivers was one of three NBA head coaches who served dual coach-president duties (Stan Van Gundy for the Detroit Pistons and Tom Thibodeau for the Minnesota Timberwolves are the other two, after Mike Budenholzer resigned from his president role this past May).
With the many questionable moves Rivers had made in his four seasons in his front office role, it was a perfect time for a change. Rivers had established himself as one of the top coaches in the league during his years with the Boston Celtics; however, he’s had trouble replicating that success with the Clippers, particularly in the postseason. Focusing solely on coaching while still allowed to have some say in personnel moves is likely the best option for all parties involved.
This is just the latest move in the Clippers’ offseason, which started with the hiring of Jerry West as a team consultant shortly after the end of this year’s NBA Finals. The team then sent Chris Paul in a trade to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and others. After the opening of the free agent period, the Clippers re-signed Blake Griffin to a max deal, performed a sign-and-trade to acquire Danilo Gallinari from the Denver Nuggets, and added free agents Milos Teodosic and Willie Reed to the mix.
After losing a perennial All-Star like Chris Paul, the Clippers could’ve watched their offseason go further downhill. However, they remained aggressive this summer, added good depth, and have constructed one of the most intriguing rosters heading into the 2017-18 season. Kudos to them for making the best of Chris Paul’s departure.
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