The Clippers said Monday afternoon that the team has begun a search for a new general manager after Neil Olshey changed direction and bolted to the Portland Trail Blazers to become that team's GM.
The Clippers announced that they had mutually agreed to end discussions and part ways with Olshey.
On Friday, it looked as if Olshey and the Clippers would remain partners after the team announced that a deal had been reached in principle.
Olshey, the team's vice president of basketball operations, never signed that contract with the Clippers.
"Circumstances have obviously undergone some movement since our announcement Friday," Clippers President Andy Roeser said in a statement.
Olshey didn't return phone calls Monday night.
The Clippers said Coach Vinny Del Negro, director of player personnel Gary Sacks and Roeser will handle the team's basketball operations while the franchise looks for a general manager.
With the NBA draft on June 28 and free agency starting July 1, the Clippers probably will move quickly.
It's unclear whom they might contact.
Lately, names like David Morway, GM with the Indiana Pacers, and Jeff Bower, former GM with the New Orleans Hornets, have been mentioned for general manager openings. Olshey beat out both of them for the job in Portland.