Clippers looking to the past for their new GM

By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

The Los Angeles Clippers are close to hiring Kiki Vandeweghe as their new GM.

Vandeweghe is familiar with the Clippers. He finished his career with the Clippers in the 1992-93 season, when he played in 41 games with the team.

However, he has been out of the league for almost two years. He was last with the New Jersey Nets, now the Brooklyn Nets, when he was general manager and interim head coach from 2007 to 2010. He left the team when Mikhail Prokhorov took over ownership of the team.

Prior to his several year stint with the Nets, he spent several years as the general manager of the Denver Nuggets from 2001 to 2006. Major moves by Vandeweghe have included the drafting of Carmelo Anthony in 2003, the trade for Marcus Camby in 2002 and the hiring of George Karl as head coach in 2005, but had several moves that backfired on him, too.

He also served as a player development coach with the Dallas Mavericks to help develop star Dirk Nowitzki. He was also an assistant coach with the Mavericks for a short time.

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