The LA Clippers have once again made another move in their front office, this time adding an Assistant GM in ex-Cavs Trent Redden.
ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz reports that Redden, who spent the past eleven years in Cleveland, will be joining the LA Clippers as their new Assistant General Manager according to league sources.
Redden was dismissed from the Cavaliers in the Spring when Dan Gilbert and the Cavs chose to fire David Griffin.
According to this article by Cleveland.com, Redden has the potential to become an effective GM and was relied on heavily by Cavs GM David Griffin:
"Griffin’s top assistant was Trent Redden. I’ve heard some NBA people believe Redden could one day be an effective general manager.Griffin also relied on Redden, his top aide. Redden is very loyal to Griffin, and has left with Griffin."
Redden joined the Cavaliers as an intern in 2006 and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2013.
Here’s what ESPN said about Redden earlier in the summer in an article about NBA Front Office Prospects to watch:
"In the 11 years since he began his tenure in Cleveland as an intern, Redden has seen the full emotional spectrum of an NBA organization — the early LeBron years, consistent success, the inability to fill out a team around a mega-superstar, the ashes left in the wake of LeBron’s departure, The Return, a close call and finally an NBA title.This circumstantial range is a gift to a young executive with aspirations, which is why those who know and have worked with Redden believe he’s primed to head a front office in the coming years. They describe a worker bee who both looks the part and has the requisite qualifications, from X’s and O’s to taming superstar ego to jiu-jitsu with agents.Redden is popular within the organization on the basketball and business side, as is his colleague, assistant general manager Koby Altman, who is another name to watch."
The team also made news yesterday with rumors of filling their General Manager position. Apparently, the team has made an offer to Thunder executive Michael Winger. The front office seems to be somewhere that owner Steve Ballmer heavily evaluated after the team was knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last season.
Redden and Michael Winger worked together in Cleveland and could possibly once again be teaming up under Lawrence Frank.
This second hiring comes less than three weeks after the team stripped Doc Rivers of his President of Basketball Operations role and made Lawrence Frank their highest ranking executive in the organization. The team also added NBA legend Jerry West, who had a hand in creating the Golden State Warriors team of today, to their front office in an advisory role.