West heads south from Warriors to Clippers – reports

(Reuters) – Hall of Famer and front office wizard Jerry West will leave his position as a special consultant with the Golden State Warriors to become an advisor for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Sports Illustrated and several reports on Wednesday.

Jerry West greets Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant before game one of the 2017 NBA Finals (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

West, who enjoyed a legendary playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers and whose silhouette is featured on the NBA logo, spent the last six seasons with the Warriors, helping the Oakland-based team win two championships.

The 79-year-old also found success as the Lakers general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations for 18 years, during which he helped the franchise win four NBA titles.

He also served as the President of Basketball Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-07 and the team made their first three postseason appearances.

West met with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers, the team’s coach and president of basketball operations, earlier this month but the move cannot become official until his contract with the Warriors expires at the end of June.

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