Friday, June 1, 2012
Neil Olshey remains with Clippers
By Arash Markazi
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement in principle with vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey to continue in that role with the team, the Clippers announced Friday.
Terms of the agreement were not announced.
Olshey had been working without a contract and interviewed for the vacant Portland Trail Blazers general manager position recently and was considered one of the leading candidates for the job.
When Olshey was asked about his future with the team this week, he said, "I don't have any comment on my situation right now."
This season was Olshey's second season as the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations and his ninth overall season with the organization. Olshey began his career as director of player development prior to the start of the 2003-04 season and served as an assistant coach during the 2004-05 campaign before holding the title of director of player personnel from 2005-08.
Olshey was promoted to the role of assistant general manager prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, holding that position for two seasons until being named vice president of basketball operations prior to the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
Olshey finished third in the voting for the 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year award after retooling the Clippers' roster and adding Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Reggie Evans, Kenyon Martin and Nick Young.
The Clippers finished this season with their highest regular-season winning percentage and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for only the third time in franchise history.