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Kiki Vandeweghe, NBA’s issuer of fines and suspensions, taking new role

Kiki Vandeweghe

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 09: Kiki VanDeWeghe attends the 19th Annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Harold and Carole Pump Foundation )

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NEW YORK -- Kiki VanDeWeghe, known for issuing fines and suspensions, is taking on a new role with the NBA’s operations department.

The league announced Monday that Vandeweghe, who has served as executive vice president of basketball operations since replacing Rod Thorn six years ago, will become a special adviser to Byron Spruell, president of league operations.

“I am proud of our staff and what we accomplished together, including the fundamental improvements to the game and unprecedented business success of our league,” he said in a statement.

VanDeWeghe joined the league office in 2013 as vice president, basketball operations and was promoted to senior vice president of the department the same year. He has been involved in a range of matters, including rules, analytics and game operations.

VanDeWeghe also was general manager of the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets. He played for the Nets, Nuggets, Trail Blazers and Knicks during a 13-year career. He also worked as a TV analyst for ESPN and Fox Sports.