Clippers president Lawrence Frank named NBA Executive of the Year
Lawrence Frank, President of Los Angeles Clippers, was named NBA Manager of the Year.
Frank helped orchestrate the offseason signing of Kawhi Leonard and act for Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder, which started NBA title expectations for the franchise. The Clippers finished second in the Western Conference before being upset in the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets in the second round.
After the disappointing end, the team split from head coach Doc Rivers.
Sam Presti, general manager of Oklahoma City Thunder, finished second on the vote, followed by Pat Riley, president of Miami Heat.
Frank oversaw the NBA power shift
Leonard left the Toronto Raptors with the intention of signing with the Clippers in the final off-season. According to Rivers, Leonard told him and owner Steve Ballmer that the team was not good enough and must have another top talent next to them. According to Rivers, Leonard identified George as a target.
The Clippers put together a historic package that included five drafts for the first round to get George Von Donner and ensure Leonard would sign.
Lawrence Frank (left) helped orchestrate off-season movements that changed the balance of power in the Western Conference. (AP Photo / Ringo H. W. Chiu)
Presti, Riley recognized for smart movements, success
Russell Westbrook also distributed The Thunder to the Houston Rockets for aging veteran Chris Paul, signaling a rebuilding in Oklahoma City. The Thunder was one of the league's biggest surprises this season. They finished fifth in the West before pushing the Rockets to a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs.
Oklahoma City's success on the square, coupled with the transportation of future assets, resulted in Presti being recognized by voters.
On the way to the NBA Finals, Riley's Heat arranged a sign and deal for Jimmy Butler of the Philadelphia 76ers and saw Bam Adebayo rise from raw talent to NBA all-star in his third season after finishing with the No. had been selected. 14 Selection in the 2017 NBA draft.
Rookie guardian Tyler Herro also became one of the league's best up-and-coming talents after the 2019 Heat ranked him 13th and uncovered rookie Kendrick Nunn received the All-Rookie award.
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