Friday 18th August 2017,
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NBA Legend Jerry West Leaves Consulting Gig with Golden State Warriors for Los Angeles Clippers

NBA Legend Jerry West Leaves Consulting Gig with Golden State Warriors for Los Angeles Clippers

Jerry West

The Los Angeles Clippers’ first offseason pursuit is officially a success.

They now employ NBA legend, and logo, Jerry West.

ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne broke the news late Wednesday night, stating that, while West hasn’t signed a contract with the Clippers just yet, he knew that Game 5 of the NBA Finals was his last as a special consultant to the Golden State Warriors:

Leaving a consulting gig with the Warriors to hold a similar advisory role with the Clippers seems bonkers on the surface. Golden State is clearly light years ahead of Los Angeles. West must have brokered a massive raise to make the switch, one that comes accompanied with a stronger voice in organizational decisions.

Read between the lines, though, and this also makes sense. West has borderline bemoaned how easy life has become for the Warriors. He clearly values the competition and drama and mystery that’s supposed to be associated with sports. Syncing up with the Clippers, as part of an opportunity to restore some of the league’s competitive balance, which was admittedly shallow before now, tracks with his line of thinking.

As for how much work has to be done in Los Angeles, not even West can know.

Four of the Clippers’ five starters are free agents this summer. If they lose any of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick or Luc Mbah a Moute, they’re absolutely screwed. Lose both Paul and Griffin, and they’re thrust into an impromptu rebuild—an undertaking we can only assume West is prepared to help pilot, since he’s switching sides well before free agency has a chance to shake out.

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