On Friday, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer revealed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Doc Rivers would no longer serve as the president of basketball operations and instead concentrate exclusively on his head coaching responsibilities.
He will remain with the team in his coaching capacity.
Rivers hired Frank previous year as executive vice president of basketball operations. Frank will now oversee basketball operations, including general manager Dave Wohl.
"Doc put Lawrence in charge of the non-coaching aspects of the front office previous year, and he's done a fantastic job", Ballmer said.
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Rivers and Frank will be considered peers in the organization's hierarchy and report directly to Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, the team said in a statement. Doc put Lawrence in charge of the non-coaching aspects of the front office previous year, and he's done a fantastic job. This time, however, it's not about the team's roster, but the front office. "Lawrence has come on so strong in that role, and that has helped us go down this path".
The Clippers now will be operating without Chris Paul, who was traded to the Houston Rockets in June after the All-Star point guard said he planned to leave the franchise in free agency.
"Doc knows how to win championships", Ballmer said in a news release.
The Clippers promoted Frank, a former head coach with the Nets and Detroit Pistons, a year ago to handle day-to-day operations in the front office. The Clippers made it to the playoffs in each of his four seasons with the squad but they failed to make it past the second round.
Donald Sterling, the Clippers' previous owner, hired Rivers as coach and team president in 2013, after nine seasons and one National Basketball Association title with the Boston Celtics. He reached the NBA Finals twice as Celtics coach, winning the 2008 championship. He signed a five-year, $50 million extension in 2014 in that dual role that will continue to be honored, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.