Per Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer, a Sixers beat writer, the Clippers are “heavily courting” the Sixers’ Head of Strength and Conditioning, Todd Wright. Wright has been with the Sixers for four years, and was previously the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Texas men’s basketball team. Per Pompey, Wright has “established himself as one of the most respected strength coaches in the league”. It’s not entirely clear what position Wright would be hired for, but Pompey says it would be a “high-ranking position in their sports science department”.
This makes a ton of sense. While Kawhi Leonard said yesterday that he wants to play the whole season, the Clippers know that they have to closely monitor his troublesome leg, and Wright certainly seems like he could help with that. Sports science in general is becoming an increasingly important field, as more and more innovative methods of keeping players healthy are being developed. Wright apparently has a great reputation, and adding him, in whatever capacity, would be a coup.
Steve Ballmer and Lawrence Frank have already done the work this summer in bringing back the top members of their front office, including Michael Winger, Trent Redden, and Jerry West. Bringing in Wright would be the latest move by the Clippers to build one of the best front office teams in professional sports. Now, we just need to wait and see if the Clippers get their man.