Hall of Famer Jerry West is going back to Los Angeles, but this time to work for the Clippers.
The Warriors have won two National Basketball Association titles during his time in the Bay Area. West still lives in Los Angeles and is 79 years old now. West was instrumental in discouraging a Klay Thompson-for-Kevin Love trade the Warriors were considering with the Minnesota Timberwolves, before Love got sent to the Cavs.
According to Sports Illustrated, who first broke news of his decision, West made his decision over the last couple of weeks.
For West, the move from the Warriors to the Clippers is probably a practical one, not anything to do with the teams themselves. "Was this the end of me being productive". I've kind of been defiant my whole life, the way I was raised, and I think this is like the defiant streak in me. West praised Ballmer, furthermore, he stated that Ballmer is a victor he is a person who wants to win and hopefully he could help out in some aspects of making decisions.
After his career ended, West coached the Lakers for three seasons and eventually ended up as general manager, a title he held from 1982 to 2002. Reports state that West will play an important role with the Los Angeles Clippers in retaining their free agents. I worked for a fantastic owner in Michael Heisley in Memphis. Owner Joe Lacob, meanwhile, says he'll do "whatever it takes" to re-sign Stephen Curry - possibly to the tune of $200 million.
An "exclusive negotiating agreement" means the deal is not done, but the two sides see enough in common that they are not going to talk to anyone else (the Clippers with other locations for the arena, for example).