He has been a special consultant to the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors for the last six years, having previously run the Grizzlies and Lakers. West had been in touch with the Clippers, particularly owner Steve Ballmer, over the last couple of months after it started to become evident that he and the Warriors were ending a relationship that had begun in 2011.
The 79-year-old West told ESPN he is intrigued at the prospect of working for Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, whom he calls "a victor".
They've changed coaches, from Vinny Del Negro to Doc Rivers, who has been promoted twice and now also has the title of team president.
With the Clippers, West faces a challenge-the team has no draft picks in 2017 and the looming free agency of its two stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. West thanked the Warriors organisation for creating a fun environment.
On the eve of their championship parade, the Golden State Warriors are losing executive Jerry West, according to multiple sources.
For West, the move from the Warriors to the Clippers is probably a practical one, not anything to do with the teams themselves.
"I knew I was going to be leaving; I didn't know what I was going to be leaving to", West told ESPN on Wednesday.
West has a huge amount of respect for the team, he has worked with many players all these years, and he is certainly going to miss the organization. "I don't feel old, I feel really competitive", he said. "I've kind of been defiant my whole life". West was considered a key recruiter in Golden State's pursuit of Kevin Durant, who won his first championship this week and was named Finals Most Valuable Player after Golden State's 4-1 series rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thus the Clippers need all the helpful advice they can get, and West brings a well-earned reputation as one of the cleverest move-makers in National Basketball Association history.