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2017 NBA Off-Season: Stein: Steve Ballmer, Doc Rivers Have Already Spoken With Jerry West

According to Marc Stein, the Clippers have already held talks with Jerry West regarding a front office position.

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According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Clippers’ owner, Steve Ballmer, and their head coach and president of basketball operations, Doc Rivers, have already spoken with Golden State Warriors advisor Jerry West regarding a position with L.A.

This both lends legitimacy to the report that the Clippers are interested in West, and casts shadow on the legality of the talks that were allegedly held. As West is still under contract with the Warriors, and Clipper attempt to recruit the front office veteran without Golden State’s permission would be considered tampering and be punishable by the league office.

West’s contract with the Warriors does not expire until July, when the 2016-17 NBA Season officially ends and the 2017-18 NBA Season begins.