Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

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They don't call Jerry West "The Logo" for nothing. The team's lease at Staples Center runs through 2024.

There is now "a strong chance that West's son, Ryan West, who is the Lakers' director of player personnel, will join the Clippers in some capacity", according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. If the agreement moves forward, the Clippers would build a new arena on 22 acres of land across the street from a stadium for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers that is now under construction. West was considered a key recruiter in Golden State's pursuit of Kevin Durant, who won his first championship this week and was named Finals Most Valuable Player after Golden State's 4-1 series rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nevertheless, he is arriving at a time when the Clippers have desperate need of some sage counsel, as they could be facing a major shake-up. "He's earned that right".

West will likely be more involved with the Clippers than he was with the Warriors due to its proximity to his home base.

West, whose silhouette makes up the NBA's unmistakable logo, won an National Basketball Association title in 1972 and was a 14-time All-Star.

West has worked with Golden State for about six years.

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West was influential in drafting and not trading Klay Thompson.

Earlier in his executive career, West was the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers from 1982 until 1994 and then the president of basketball operations from 1995 to 2000. In an interview with ESPN, West stated that he did not know the reason what he was leaving too.

News broke Wednesday that the Clippers and the city of Inglewood were closing in on an exclusive negotiating agreement on 22 acres of land owned by the city between Prairie and Yukon avenues south of Century Boulevard.

Apparently, the Clippers are also looking forward to West's arrival.

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