Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 7/10/13
Clippers VP of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks sat with our Joe McDonnell to discuss Wednesday's news conference, player evaluations, future of the franchise and more. It was a packed house for the Clippers on Wednesday, as the team re-introduced Chris Paul, Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins, and officially announced the arrival of J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley and Darren Collison. "I don't know if there's ever been a conference with six players, but for us...that shows the commitment that everybody has for the team and what we're trying to do here," said Sacks, who added that there is still work to be done. "We still are actively pursuing other guys and trying to fill some more holes on our team, so we're not done yet and we're certainly not going to be done until the season starts, and even then we'll continue to try to improve the roster." Cautiously optimistic, Sacks added that although he's happy with the direction of the team so far, being "paper champs" is hardly the goal. "The only satisfaction you really get is when you win," he said. Sacks also discussed the team's decision to renounce rights to Chauncey Billups. "We had to renounce him for salary cap purposes today, but there's always a chance that we'll talk to him and have an opportunity to maybe discuss him coming back to us," Sacks said. "Chauncey's just an unbelievable guy and an unbelievable player that contributed so much to our team over the last couple of years, and he means a lot to the organization, so we're just sort of waiting to see what the next move is and what he wants to do...but we're certainly in communication with him." So will Billups become the next Jason Kidd? "Whatever he wants to do in basketball -- whether it's keep playing or become involved in a front office or coaching capacity, the sky's the limit for Chauncey. The leadership that he brings, and everything he represents I think will make him an excellent candidate to work for an NBA team, and certainly we'd be interested," Sacks said. Sacks meanwhile, remains focused on the work to be done, but says that job has gotten a lot easier with new coach Doc Rivers on board. "He and I have really gotten close in terms of working together, seeing eye to eye on players, having the same kind of philosophy and vision of where we see our team," Sacks added "For me, I've already learned a lot from him, but I think we've worked really well together."
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