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Clippers promote Gary Sacks, basically make him GM

Sep 4, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles Reuters

Blake Griffin has gotten what he wanted.

As had been rumored, the Clippers have promoted from within, announcing that 19-year Clipper veteran Gary Sacks is the new Vice President of Basketball Operations. So, while he is not formally the general manager, he is in practice the general manager.

“Gary has been a valuable and loyal member of our organization for the past 18 years,” Clippers’ President Andy Roeser said in a released statement. “His recent role this very productive summer, as well as his many contributions during the course of his tenure made it clear that he is the right person to lead our Basketball Operations Department.”

The Clippers lost former GM Neil Olshey to Portland earlier this summer. Olshey was key because he was part of the change of culture in the Clippers organization, now Sacks has to continue that.

This summer the Clippers player personnel moves — and they were pretty good ones — were made by a trio of men — Sacks, Roeser (who was the money/contract guy) and head coach Vinny Del Negro. Although, if you listen to the buzz around the league the real driving force was CAA — the firm that represents Chris Paul.

That is Sacks’ and the Clippers main job now — get Chris Paul to re-sign with the team after this season. It’s max money for CP3, that’s not the question. But Paul is as competitive a guy as there is in this league, he’s just not publicly demonstrative about it in the way Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett are. He wants to win, the Clippers need to convince Paul he can do that in Los Angeles.

Paul has to ask himself two questions: 1) Can the Clippers win a ring in the coming years, and do I trust this management to get the team there? 2) If I leave, where can I go that I have a better shot?

For the next five years or so it is likely the Thunder and the Heat that are the big hurdles to winning a ring, and in the West the Lakers have pushed into that position. Can the Clippers get there? Can Paul lead them there? If Paul jumped to the East Coast, where can a team offer him a max deal and still have the talent to challenge Miami?

  1. fanz928 - Sep 4, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Add a more polished center and David west

  2. mat9844 - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    A no-brainer. Great move for the whole team; like what they’ve done already. Should be an exciting year for all us fans of the Clippers!

  3. manchestermiracle - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Nash will need a decent backup and Paul can stay in the same building and keep his house. He’ll see the Lakers hoist another banner before the Clippers ever get into a finals.

    • abchome - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:39 AM

      The Lakers don’t have a bench. Do they?

  4. jerdogthompson - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM


    So glad you made it. Now where do I start? Oh yeah, the part where Nash’s teammate/buddy/pal/long time…….you get the point. Grant decided Clippers over The other team. Oh yeah, since he decided Clipps he’s washed up( only funny thing is you pined for him until then).

    Not to mention I reviewed UR roster today. Accordingly to today’s check my research found 4 shooting guards (2 listed pt guards are playing out of position) basically that leaves you Blake behind Nash. How’d that work last year?

    Oh yeah, D12 says he has a hurty burny back and he’s worried MWP might break it during his first practice( hasn’t happened yet).

    Dude…..,,just sit back and freaking relax until we see the teams play. Until then it’s merely conjecture. Nothing more……

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