Clippers continue their search for a new general manager

In the NBA today, there are several teams looking to add key positions in their franchise, and coaches and general managers seem to be  hot positions thus far.

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their search for a general manager, as Neil Olshey has taken the job offer from the Portland Trailblazers to become their new GM on June 11.

David Griffin, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant general manager, seemed to be the favored one to replace Olshey, but recently has pulled himself out of consideration for the opening job. according to a source that is close to the situation.

Although Griffin had some conversations with the Clippers organization about the position, Griffin has expressed that the timing is not right at this point in his career, according to the source.

“Feels it’s not the right move for his career right now.”

As Griffin is out of the race, the Clippers seem to be leaning heavily towards Kiki Vandeweghe, who is the former Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets executive.

Vandeweghe has been a pre/post game analyst for the Clippers on Fox Sports West in Los Angeles since his days as an executive for the Nuggets.

The club has also had preliminary conversations with Jim Paxson, Larry Harris, Jeff Weltman and Tony DiLeo, according to sources, but so far the Clippers will take their time in their GM search, as they shift their attention to Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Vinny Del Negro, director of player personnel Gary Sacks and team president Andy Roeser have stepped in to fill the duties of a general manager, and have been effective in making most of the club decisions. This has allowed the Clippers to take their time, and have a methodical approach to make sure they are getting the right guy.

Whomever the Clippers next GM is, like most general managers around the league, he will have some important tasks that could change the fortunes of the franchise.

Blake Griffin will soon need a new contract, the team overall still needs another All-Star player on the wing, as they gave up guard Eric Gordon for Chris Paul.

Speaking of All-Star point guard Paul, the most important task will be to keep Paul happy and convince him to sign a long-term extension. Without Paul, the Clippers are not a given playoff bound team in the competitive Western Conference, and most certainly not even close to being a serious title contender.

For right now though, the Clippers will halt their GM search, as they try to improve their roster in this week’s NBA Draft.

Once the draft is over, the Clippers will continue their search, as they hope to find the right person for the job.