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Lakers promote Ryan West to director of player personnel

The Lakers have promoted Ryan West to director of player personnel.

West, formerly the team's assistant director of scouting, started as a scout for the team in 2009.  He also worked as a scout for the Memphis Grizzlies for almost eight years.

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A team spokesman confirmed West's change in title, although an official announcement won't be made until September.

Along with Jesse Buss, the Lakers' director of scouting, West was a driving force in the draft-day trade with the Washington Wizards for guard Jordan Clarkson.

The Lakers sent $1.8 million to the Wizards for the 46th overall pick in the 2014 draft.  Clarkson proved to be one of the top players in his class, named to the all-rookie first team by the NBA.

West is the son of Lakers legend Jerry West, who won a title with the franchise in 1972.  Jerry West was the general manager who in 1996 orchestrated the pairing of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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