The Los Angeles Clippers have hired Gary Sacks as the new vice president of basketball operations, where he will take Neil Olshey's position.
Sacks was previously the director of player personnel, so this is a big step up for him, and it's a poistion he's never held before. Despite his tenure with the team, Blake Griffin may have been the man who got Sacks the job.
"I think Gary has put in his time. He's been with the Clippers for a long time and you see the job he did in stepping in for Neil when he left and the job he's done with the program. All the players love him. He definitely has the player's vote for GM. If he doesn't get the GM job I'll be shocked and a little disappointed because I think he deserves it and I think everybody else thinks he deserves it. We're behind Gary 100 percent and hope it's going to be him."
To a front office, knowing the team is behind a man in Sacks' new position is very important.
Since there hasn't been a GM this off-season, Sacks has been the guy that's been behind a lot of their signings and contract management.
He'll likely look to mentors and people who he has relationships with already, like the players and coach Vinny Del Negro.
Even without the title, Sacks has proved his dedication to the team, and he's seen tons of players come and go. He knows what the Clippers need to win a championship. While it's an uninspired pick, it's a smart move by the team.