VanDeWeghe promoted to NBA executive vice president

VanDeWeghe (left) with Russell Westbrook during a Community Assist Award ceremony in 2014. 

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Kiki VanDeWeghe has been promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA.

The league announced the move on Tuesday. VanDeWeghe had been serving as senior vice president of basketball operations. He joined the league office in 2013 after working as general manager with the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calls VanDeWeghe ”one of the sharpest basketball minds in the NBA” who has ”helped drive innovations in analytics that are reshaping the league in areas such as scheduling, game statistics, and player health.”

Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations, retired this month after more than 50 years as a player, coach and executive in professional basketball.

Joel Litvin, president of league operations, will step down on Sept. 1. VanDeWeghe and Mike Bantom, executive vice president of referee operations, will report to Litvin’s replacement.