The LA Clippers G-League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, have signed Casey Hill as their head coach.
Casey Hill spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors, whom he agreed to part ways with after the 2016-2017 season.
Adam Johnson of 2ways10days.com, a site covering NBA G-League news, reports that free agent coach Casey Hill will soon be taking the helm in Ontario as head coach of the Agua Caliente Clippers.
Hill, son of former NBA coach Bob Hill, mutually agreed to part ways with the Santa Cruz Warriors, who he had been the head coach of for the past four seasons, after the 2016-2017 season.
With the Warriors, Hill amassed a regular season record of 114-86 (.570) and lead the team to a G-League Championship in the 2014-2015 season.
When it was announced that Hill was parting way with the Warriors, it was reported that the coach was looking for a position in the NBA or a coaching position that would ultimately land him a spot on an NBA coaching staff. He felt that Steve Kerr’s coaching staff on the Warriors was a concrete group and that there was not much opportunity for his career to grow in Santa Cruz.
Hill is a perfect head coach for a brand new G-League team, having been a coach in the G-League since 2011 and having led the Warriors to a G-League title in his second year as head coach.
Under Hill’s guidance, the Santa Cruz Warriors helped groom and produce multiple NBA players such as Kent Bazemore, Seth Curry, Dwayne Dedmon, Festus Ezeli and Sean Kilpatrick. The 34-year-old ran the Santa Cruz Warriors to mimic the playstyle of the team’s NBA affiliate, the Golden State Warriors and adapted their run-and-gun play style.
Hill will have plenty of young talent to work with on the Agua Caliente Clippers, as the LA Clippers’ 2017 draft picks Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans, along with undrafted free agent Isaiah Hicks and summer league standout Jamil Wilson, are expected to headline the new G-League team.