The Los Angeles Clippers have announced that Gary Sacks will take over the role of Vice President of Basketball Operations that was vacated when Neil Olshey left for the General Manager position at the beginning of June.
For the past three months, the Clippers have been conducting their front office business through a triumvirate of Sacks, Head Coach Vinny Del Negro and Team President
Vinny Del Negro Andy Roeser. The team had a solid if not spectacular off-season, extending Blake Griffin, trading for Lamar Odom, re-signing Chauncey Billups and signing Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill. Those and several smaller deals have served to turn over the Clippers roster to the tune of six new players while maintaining the core that led the team to one of the most successful seasons in franchise history last season. So Sacks and his friends have certainly been busy this summer.
Sacks is a 19 year veteran of the Clipper organization and has served as the team's Director of Player Personnel for the two seasons since Mike Dunleavy's departure. By all indications he's very well regarded internally, as indicated by the recent support Blake Griffin offered.
Still, there are reasons to question this move by the organization, and I'll be back later with a longer post examining why it may not be the best move.