Due to the recent turmoil within the Los Angeles Clippers' front office, team president Andy Roeser will be taking an indefinite leave of absence.
The NBA announced the news on Tuesday, per The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes:
Clippers President Andy Roeser will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately, NBA announces.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) May 6, 2014
NBA: "This will provide an opportunity for a new CEO to begin on a clean slate and for the team to stabilize under difficult circumstances.”— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) May 6, 2014
After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned owner Donald Sterling from the league for life in response to his racist comments, Roeser was reportedly set to take over the franchise's day-to-day operations, per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.
That didn't last long, however, as it's clear that the NBA is intent on transitioning to new ownership as quickly as possible.
As Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles noted, this wasn't exactly a surprising move:
It was going to be nearly impossible for Andy Roeser to survive the regrettable post-Sterling statement he released.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 6, 2014
This has been a nightmare situation for the NBA, but with Roeser being the longtime right-hand man of Sterling, per CBS Sports' Ken Berger, it's understandable why the league would want to move in a new direction.
The quicker the Clippers can distance themselves from all major pieces with strong connections to Sterling, the better for the team and the league.
Fortunately for Los Angeles, the constant overturn and potential distractions don't seem to be affecting the Clippers on the court.
After defeating the Golden State Warriors in seven games in Round 1, Chris Paul delivered a transcendent performance on Monday night to help L.A. rout the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1, stealing home-court advantage in the process. If the Clips continue to execute at the same offensive level, it's clear they have a deep run in them.
And if the NBA continues to work at this pace to "clear the slate," there might just be a brand-new front office and CEO to witness it all happen.