Clippers director of player personnel Gary Sacks is gaining support from others within the organization to take over the GM job vacated earlier this month by Neil Olshey, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Sacks has teamed with Clippers president Andy Roeser and coach Vinny Del Negro to run L.A.'s front office since Olshey left.
Sacks is one of a handful of candidates under consideration by Roeser, who's handling the GM search. Only former Nuggets GM and current television sideline reporter Kiki Vandeweghe has received an interview so far, Shelburne says, but Roeser has had "preliminary conversations" with Jim Paxson, Larry Harris, Jeff Weltman and Tony DiLeo. Roeser has also had preliminary conversations with Cavs assistant GM David Griffin, but he withdrew his name from consideration on Monday, Shelburne notes.
It's not clear whether Sacks, who's been a part of the Clippers organization for 17 years, would be hired as a long-term solution in the GM position or as someone who would have to prove himself, similar to Olshey, who worked on a month-to-month basis.