NBA Hires Former Blazers F Kiki VanDeWeghe As VP Of Basketball Operations

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Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Kiki VanDeWeghe has been hired as the NBA's Vice President of Basketball Operations.

The NBA announced Wednesday that former Portland Trail Blazers forward Kiki VanDeWeghe has been named the league's Vice President of Basketball Operations.

E.M. ‘Kiki' VanDeWeghe III, an All-American basketball player at UCLA, first-round draft pick, former two-time NBA All-Star, and successful NBA general manager and coach, will join the NBA as Vice President, Basketball Operations effective April 1, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced today.

In his new role, VanDeWeghe will be involved in a broad range of basketball matters, including the development of playing rules and interpretations; game analytics; disciplinary matters; and policies and procedures relating to the operation of NBA games. He will also serve as a key interface between the league and the teams, drawing upon his years of experience as a general manager and coach. VanDeWeghe will report to Jackson.

"Kiki has a lifetime of basketball experience, including an NBA career spanning more than three decades as a player, coach, and general manager, which provides him with a tremendous amount of insight into our game," Jackson said. "We're looking forward to drawing upon his expertise on a wide range of matters involving our game."

For the past two years, VanDeWeghe has been a contributor to FOX Sports West as a writer and analyst covering the Los Angeles Clippers. Previously, he was the general manager, and for one season the interim head coach, of the New Jersey Nets from 2007 to 2010. Before joining the Nets, he was a broadcast analyst for two years with ESPN. Prior to his time with ESPN, VanDeWeghe was the general manager of the Denver Nuggets from 2001 to 2006.

VanDeWeghe's NBA playing career spanned 13 years, with the Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, and Clippers, during which he averaged 19.7 points with a 52.5% field goal average, 87.2% free throw average, made two All-Star appearances, and helped his teams to the postseason 12 times.

VanDeWeghe, 54, played for the Blazers from 1984-1989, leading the team in scoring for three straight seasons.

VanDeWeghe was linked to the Blazers as a possible GM candidate after Kevin Pritchard was fired in 2010.

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