The National Basketball Association announced today that Kiki VanDeWeghe has decided to transition from his position because of the league’s Executive vice-chairman, Basketball Operations to a replacement role as a special advisor to Byron Spruell, the NBA’s President, League Operations. VanDeWeghe has been integral in modernizing the league’s Basketball Operations department, including improving transparency and enhancing collaboration with teams and key stakeholders. He has held the EVP role since August 2015, when he was promoted to exchange the retired Rod Thorn.
“It has been a privilege to steer NBA Basketball Operations,” VanDeWeghe said. “I am pleased with our staff and what we accomplished together, including the elemental improvements to the sport and unprecedented business success of our league. I’m grateful for the chance to transition to the present special advisor role, which can keep me engaged with and connected to League Operations while also giving me the liberty to pursue other areas of interest.” “I am pleased that Kiki will continue as a special advisor in order that we will further leverage his depth of experience and therefore the institutional knowledge he gained as a player, coach and team, and league executive over the past four decades,” Spruell said.
VanDeWeghe joined the league office in April 2013 as vice chairman, Basketball Operations, and was promoted to Senior vice chairman, Basketball Operations later an equivalent year. During his eight years, he has been involved in a broad range of basketball matters, including the event of playing rules and interpretations, game analytics, and policies and procedures concerning the operation of NBA games.
Before his time with the league office, VanDeWeghe served because of the head of the New Jersey Nets from 2008 to 2010 and therefore the head of the Denver Nuggets from 2001 to 2006. His tenure in New Jersey included a stint as interim head coach during the 2009-10 season. He also worked as an NBA analyst for ESPN and Fox Sports. VanDeWeghe’s NBA playing career spanned 13 years, with the Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks, and LA Clippers. He averaged 19.7 points per game, earned two All-Star selections, and helped his teams reach the playoffs 12 times.