While the Magic hired Rob Hennigan as their new GM this week, it appears the Clippers will head into the draft without someone to replace Neil Olshey, who jumped to fill the Blazers GM vacancy earlier this month. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times says no hire is imminent and no candidate has gone before owner Donald Sterling. Team president Andy Roeser, coach Vinny Del Negro and director of player personnel Gary Sacks are jointly handling the draft and free agency until a GM is found. Roeser and Del Negro have had discussions about possible candidates, and Sacks is one of many names the Clippers are considering, according to three league executives who spoke with Turner. Let's break down the rest of the list:
- Kiki Vandeweghe, who earlier reports have suggested is the frontrunner, interviewed with Roeser last week, Turner hears. David Griffin, vice president of basketball operations for the Cavs, spoke with Roeser this month at the Chicago pre-draft combine.
- Roeser has spoken to representatives of Tony DiLeo, the Sixers VP of basketball ops, who was reportedly a candidate for the Blazers job before it went to Olshey.
- Interest is mutual between the team and Mark Warkentien, a Knicks consultant and former Nuggets GM.
- Bucks assistant GM Jeff Weltman has "been on Roeser's radar."
- Pistons assistant GM Scott Perry and former Blazers GM John Nash are longshots.