Here's another reason not to believe GMs when they say things publicly.
According to the Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes, Danny Ainge had been targeting new head coach Brad Stevens well before Doc Rivers left for Hollywood.
At some point, though, Ainge had been seriously considering another candidate to become the next head coach of the Celtics, a candidate that Ainge had, in fact, been eyeing all along in case Rivers ultimately departed: Butler University’s Brad Stevens
If you remember, Ainge said repeatedly at his press conference after Rivers went to L.A. that he hadn't reached out to a single coaching candidate and he never thought Rivers would leave Boston. Fast forward a little over a week later and the Celtics have a new head coach that Ainge has apparently been targeting for a while.
Why would Ainge be lining up replacements for Rivers if he thought Doc was coming back up until Rivers was actually out of town?
The half-truths and outright lies are not Ainge's fault. Those w...