Clippers making bid to hire West, report says

Ashish Mathur

Jerry West is the NBA's logo and has worked wonders as an executive and adviser with everyone from the Los Angeles Lakers to Memphis Grizzlies to most recently, the Golden State Warriors.

Now, the Los Angeles Clippers would apparently like to give West a try.


League sources told ESPN that the Clippers would like to bring West into their organization in an advisory capacity similar to the ‎role he has held with the Warriors since May 2011.

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.

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.

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.