Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 9/4/12
The Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday announced that Gary Sacks has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Basketball Operations. "Gary has been a valuable and loyal member of our organization for the past 18 years," stated Clippers' President Andy Roeser. "His recent role this very productive summer, as well as his many contributions during the course of his tenure made it clear that he is the right person to lead our Basketball Operations Department." Sacks is beginning his 19th season with the Clippers, serving in the role of Director of Player Personnel for the past two campaigns and as Director of ScoutingAssistant Director of Player Personnel for the prior five seasons. "I'm excited to take on this new role with the organization," said Sacks. "We have a very strong roster with great depth of talent. I look forward to helping to build on the success we had last season. I am very excited to see how far we can go this year, plus we are well-positioned for the future." Sacks continued, "I appreciate the confidence that that Mr. Sterling has placed in me, and I look forward to continuing to work with (Clippers' Head Coach) Vinny (Del Negro) and Andy." The summer of 2012 saw one of the most productive offseasons in franchise history, with Sacks, Roeser and Del Negro teaming to re-sign two-time All-Star forward Blake Griffin and five-time All-Star guard Chauncey Billups. To further enhance this year's roster, the trio also completed the free agent signings of Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Lamar Odom and Ryan Hollins, plus the acquisitions of guard Willie Green and forward Ronny Turiaf via separate trades. In his previous role of Director of Player Personnel, Sacks oversaw the team's overall scouting efforts as well as the compilation of information on players entering the NBA Draft and professional players throughout the world. He also assisted on all facets of the day-to-day direction of the basketball operations department including player trades and free agent acquisitions. Throughout his career with the Clippers, Sacks has worked in various capacities within the basketball operations department assisting with draft and free agency information, video preparation, draft prospect and advance scouting reports, statistical analytics and NBA Salary Cap analysis. A 1990 graduate with a degree in Economics from UCLA, Sacks, his wife Tiffany and their two sons reside in Westwood.
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