Jerry West leaving Warriors to join the Clippers

Jerry West is reportedly leaving his job as an adviser to the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors to take a similar role with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Under the details that have been reported, a company controlled by the Clippers-Murphy's Bowl LLC-would enter into a 36-month negotiation period, with the option to extend that deal by six months.

West, who enjoyed a legendary playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers and whose silhouette is featured on the National Basketball Association logo, spent the last six seasons with the Warriors, helping the Oakland-based team win two championships.

West told ESPN that it was a hard decision but it was something he wanted to do.

And it will be a whole new challenge for West. He joined Golden State in May 2011 and, after the team was 23-43 in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, the team reached the playoffs in the next five seasons.

Since Steve Ballmer bought the Clippers, he has wanted something his predecessor Donald Sterling never much cared about - getting out from under the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers. West's presence was also a deciding factor in convincing Kevin Durant to join the Warriors last summer.

As someone who has helped the Lakers draft well in recent years, the Lakers surely don't want to lose West before the draft starts. In an interview with ESPN, West stated that he did not know the reason what he was leaving too. He wasn't in a decision-making position but was with the franchise in more of an advisory role.

After his career ended, West coached the Lakers for three seasons and eventually ended up as general manager, a title he held from 1982 to 2002.

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.

  • Stacy Allen