Clippers to hire Michael Winger as new GM, Trent Redden as assistant

first_imgNow the Clippers’ hierarchy will resemble most NBA teams for 2017-18, and beyond.Certainly, their basketball operations offices will be a little more crowded.Winger was an assistant general manager with Oklahoma City, working under Sam Presti. Winger has built a reputation as one of the NBA’s top young executives, much as Presti was once renowned as a wunderkind while developing the Thunder into a league power.Winger also was director of basketball operations for the Cavaliers for five years, where he worked with Redden. Cleveland fired Redden, 33, and GM David Griffin this summer in a front-office shakeup that cast doubt on LeBron James’ future with the Cavaliers.The front-office moves come in the wake of a major roster overhaul that included a trade that sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets for a package of players, the re-signing of Blake Griffin and the additions of Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic. The Clippers’ executive suite was once a lonely place, particularly during the ham-handed ownership of Donald T. Sterling. That’s all changed since Steve Ballmer initiated a restructuring of the team’s front office this summer, altering roles and hiring new people.Michael Winger will become the Clippers’ new general manager, according to an report Wednesday, with Trent Redden set to be hired as an assistant general manager. Winger spent the past seven seasons with Oklahoma City. Redden comes to the Clippers from Cleveland.Winger, 37, will report to Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ new head of basketball operations. Frank’s appointment was the first in a series of off-season moves that included relieving Doc Rivers of his management duties earlier this month so he can focus strictly on coaching.Ballmer’s management plan stands in stark contrast to Sterling’s less-is-more approach, especially during Elgin Baylor’s ill-fated 22-year tenure as general manager. The Clippers’ days of having a limited number of decision-makers are now a relic of the past. The Clippers have had five consecutive 50-win seasons, including the last four with Rivers as coach. They haven’t advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs in the franchise’s long and tortured history, however. The Utah Jazz eliminated them in the opening round last spring.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img