Hall of Famer and longtime NBA executive Jerry West has agreed to return to the Clippers next season to continue in his advisory role with the team’s front office, The Times has learned.
West, who will turn 81 later this month, has agreed to continue his work as a consultant that he began in June 2017, according to a source with knowledge of the agreement not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
His decision to stay with the team is the latest off-court victory for owner Steve Ballmer and president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, who have now retained three key front-office executives in the last month.
General manager Michael Winger was courted by Minnesota to become its president of basketball operations in April but ultimately declined to interview. A little more than a week later, assistant general manager Trent Redden opted to stay despite having an opportunity to join New Orleans as its general manager. The roles would have been promotions for both men.
‘We are building something truly special in L.A., and I want to be part of the group that rewards our loyal and passionate fans,” Winger said in April about his decision to stay.