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Clippers Were Willing To Match Blazers' Deal For Neil Olshey

As more details come out about the departure of former Clippers general manager Neil Olshey to the Portland Trail Blazers, it's become more clear that Olshey just wanted a change and there wasn't anything the Clippers could do about it.

According to a tweet from Chris B. Haynes, Olshey agreed to a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth with the Blazers. The Clippers were willing to match the offer. Olshey still took the Blazers gig.

Olshey leaves at an important time for the Clippers as they come off one of their most successful seasons with major signings and moves on the horizon. All-Star power forward Blake Griffin could become a free agent during the summer of 2013 but all signs point towards him looking to lock up an extension with the club this summer if he can. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Olshey's departure has not changed that.

Olshey had been with the Clippers for nine years working in both the front office and as an assistant coach.

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