In the fallout from the Donald Sterling ban, Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser is taking an indefinite leave of absence.
The move is effective immediately, the NBA announced Tuesday. But there was no word on Roeser's replacement.
"This will provide an opportunity for a new CEO to begin on a clean slate and for the team to stabilize under difficult circumstances," NBA executive vice president for communications Mike Bass said.
The NBA had announced Saturday that it would appoint a chief executive officer to supervise the team's day-to-day operations.
A week ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling, the team's owner, for life for racist comments he made on an audio recording. Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team.
Coach Doc Rivers, who is also the team's vice president of basketball operations, will continue to run the basketball side with vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks.
Rivers will be consulted on the search for the CEO, who could be named this week, ESPN reported earlier.
The Clippers won Game 1 of their Western Conference second-round playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night after surviving a seven-game battle with the Golden State Warriors in the opening round.