Los Angeles Times

Clippers' brain trust continues to meld in preparation for huge offseason

LOS ANGELES - When the Minnesota Timberwolves received permission on April 16 to interview Los Angeles Clippers general manager Michael Winger, it was an unseasonably warm 68 degrees in Minneapolis.

For all Winger could tell, it might well have been another frigid day in the far north.

In the hours after news broke he was a candidate for the Timberwolves' top front-office job, many close to Winger wanted to talk with him, and not only about what it would mean to run a team.

"Anybody I would talk to was like, 'You sure you want to live in the cold?' " Winger said.

His response: Who cares?

The NBA's long hours leave little time for outdoor

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