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A Prominent Sports Writer Has Been Hired By An NBA Team's Front Office

A view of the seats in an empty Staples Center.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: View of the seats before Game Two of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Recently, we've seen media members be hired by professional sports teams, and not just to work as writers or broadcasters. They have been named to front office or coaching positions.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Clippers tabbed a well-known NBA writer to work in the team's front office. Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins has been hired by LA, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jenkins has worked at SI since 2007. He's been the publication's lead NBA writer since 2010.

Jenkins has written extensively about the league and has profiled a number of the sport's biggest stars. Most famously, he broke LeBron's decision to "come home" to Cleveland via an exclusive feature in 2014.

According to Woj, Jenkins' title with the Clippers will be Executive Director of Research and Identity. He will work with the basketball operations staff.

Jenkins is the second SI writer to be hired by an NBA team in the last 13 months. In August 2017, the Toronto Raptors poached Luke Winn to be their Director of Prospect Strategy.

“SI remains the ultimate platform for sportswriting and I would not leave for another media outlet," Jenkins said via SI.com. "But I was offered an extraordinary opportunity to work in the front office of an NBA team and see the league I cover from a different angle. I’ve been privileged to tell a lot of triumphant basketball stories over the past decade. With Steve Ballmer and Jerry West, Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger, Doc Rivers and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, I’m going to try to help build one."

This is certainly an interesting move by the Clippers, and we're intrigued to see what Jenkins' role is.

He is as good of an NBA writer as they get, so whatever they assign him to do, he should do it well.