Doc Rivers may be leaving the Boston Celitcs as there’s “time for a change” and the Los Angeles Clippers aren’t afraid to step in and be the rebound.
Here’s the report from ESPN LA:
Sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Rivers is highly intrigued by the idea of coaching the Clippers in the event that he and the Celtics part company after nine seasons together and one championship in 2008. Sources say that the Clippers, meanwhile, would immediately vault Rivers to the top of their list if he became available as they continue a coaching search that, to this point, has focused on Brian Shaw, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins.
Sources said Thursday that the Celtics want Rivers back and are determined to prevent him from coaching another NBA team next season since he has three years and $21 million left on his contract. But sources added that Boston could be moved to let Rivers out of his contract depending on the level of compensation they get from the Clippers, whether that’s a veteran player or future draft picks. The thought in coaching circles is that the close relationship between Ainge and Rivers might help the coach get out of his obligation.
So those Clippers-Celtics trade rumors that we heard last February which would have been a swap of Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, expect those to resurface. Sources say that Rivers doesn’t want to be around for a rebuild in Boston, but Danny Ainge hasn’t shown any direct signs of which sides he’s teetering on.
Nothing official can be done until Doc Rivers informs Danny Ainge of his decision. The best thing Clipper fans can do at the moment is hope that the mutual interest is 100 percent true because they’ll finally have a championship contender on their hands.