After six years of being a special consultant for the Warriors, “The Logo” Jerry West has announced that he will not be re-signing with the Golden State Warriors and instead signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. This news has shocked the basketball world, but according to West, he knew Golden State’s game 5 victory would be his final game with the organization. West leaves the Warriors with two championship rings, and he was a major part in turning the franchise around from a failing organization to a potential dynasty.
West, otherwise known as “The Logo” for being on the NBA logo, is a hall of famer who played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers. West averaged 27 points per game in his career, was a 14-time all-star, and was on 12 all-NBA teams and 5 all-NBA Defensive teams. West has a statue outside of Staples Center for his remarkable career with the Lakers, but next year when he enters Staples Center, it will be for the other Los Angeles team: The Clippers.
West will work with Principal Owner Steve Ballmer and Head Coach/President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers. The timing of acquiring West couldn’t have been better, as the Clippers have a huge summer ahead of them. In house, both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have players’ options which will likely be declined, and sharpshooter J.J. Redick is a free agent. The Clippers only have around 60 million dollars in guaranteed salaries for next season, so West, Rivers, and Ballmer will certainly have a decision on whether to clean house and/or invest in star free agents like Gordon Hayward, and who knows, maybe Jerry West could potentially drag free agent Stephen Curry to L.A. with him. Imagine that.
“The Logo” is a huge addition to the Clippers front office, and come July 1st, West will be a very effective asset to the Clippers. And in 2018, LeBron James in a free agent, and there has been rumors that he might want to come to Los Angeles. West was able to sway Kevin Durant to Golden State last year, so let’s see what the Hall-of-Famer has up his sleeve for the big summers ahead.