Doc Rivers restructures Clippers’ basketball operations
Amid the continued chaos revolving around Clippers owners Donald and Shelly Sterling, the team announced Monday that Coach Doc Rivers has restructured the basketball side of the organization’s operation.
Rivers has a new title — president of basketball operations. He had been senior vice president of basketball operations, a position that will now be filled by Kevin Eastman, who had been an assistant coach.
Dave Wohl has been promoted from director of professional scouting to general manager.
In addition, Gary Sacks was demoted from vice president of basketball operations to assistant general manager, and Gerald Madkins was demoted from director of basketball operations to director of scouting.
Jason Piombetti, the team’s director of scouting, was demoted to assistant director of scouting.
The Clippers also hired Jud Winton as director of analytics and fired video coordinator Mohammad Dakhil.
The team will also be looking to hire another assistant coach, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Lawrence Frank, who was on Rivers’ staff as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics during the 2010-11 season, is being strongly considered for an assistant’s position with the Clippers, the executives said.
Frank was the lead assistant for Brooklyn Coach Jason Kidd at the start of this season, until Kidd had Frank removed from the bench and reassigned to another position with the Nets.
Frank still has five years and $5 million left on a Nets contract that pays him $1 million per season.
If Frank joins the Clippers, whatever salary they pay him would be “offset” by what he is still owed by the Nets.
Meanwhile, Clippers assistants Ty Lue and Alvin Gentry remain candidates for the head coaching opening with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Gentry also remains in the running for the Lakers’ head coaching job, and he is being wooed by new Golden State Coach Steve Kerr to join his staff.
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