Clippers' Frank wins award for top NBA executive

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LA Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank has been honored with the NBA Executive of the Year Award, it was announced Thursday.

Frank, who helped orchestrate the franchise’s biggest offseason by signing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent and trading for Paul George in July 2019, received 10 first-place votes and earned 61 points from a panel of NBA team basketball executives.

Oklahoma City Thunder executive vice president/GM Sam Presti finished second, and Miami Heat president Pat Riley was third.

“[Frank] is a passionate, dedicated, and selfless leader,” Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer said in a statement issued by the team. “I am proud of the work he and his group are doing, and thrilled his peers feel the same way. This award is a great tribute to the hard work done by the entire front office, including our General Manager Michael Winger, Assistant GMs Mark Hughes and Trent Redden, and consultant Jerry West. Together, they have worked to develop every facet of our basketball operations department.”

Voting for the award was based on regular-season games played through March 11, when the Clippers were second in the Western Conference with a 44-20 record

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