Gary Vitti retired at the end of last season after 32 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. While Vitti retired from his full time position, he signed on as a consultant for two more seasons.
Vitti kept a small office down a hallway at the team's practice facility in El Segundo, California, where he could be found on most weekdays, calling software engineers and analytics firms, meeting with vendors about wearable sensors and sneaker microchips, examining SportVU data and the latest trends in sports medicine and nutrition.
Since the Lakers' front office overhaul on Feb. 21st, Vitti has been noticeably absent.
Vitti had been seen at every home game save for one and at the facility about four days a week when the team wasn't on the road but hasn't been seen at all since the regime change.
"We love Gary and look forward to honoring his contract," the spokesperson said.
Vitti issued the following comment to ESPN regarding his status with the Lakers:
"I worked more than half of my life for the Lakers, and I can honestly look at myself in the mirror and say I gave every ounce that I had every day. I will forever be grateful to [the late Lakers owner and patriarch] Dr. [Jerry] Buss, a man I believe exemplified what I believe to be the trifecta of the most important human values: honesty, kindness and loyalty. Going forward, it's not my team so Jeanie can do what she thinks is best."