Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Doc Rivers is a Clipper. Ultimately, it probably had to happen — maybe not in the way it did, but sometime around the third round of negotiations, the teams passed the point where the coach could just waltz back into TD Garden and coach the Celtics next season as though nothing had happened. So as Rivers heads west, agonizing over the parameters of the transaction is largely useless. The deal was neither good nor bad for the Celtics or Clippers. It was merely necessary. It was necessary for the Clippers because Chris Paul made it so, with the free agent point guard dictating the terms of his re-signing with the long-troubled franchise. Without Rivers, there is no Paul, and without Paul it is right back to the dark ages for the least-decorated organization in major pro sports. It was necessary for the Celtics because they want to rebuild, and their top-five head coach was their most attractive asset — and getting rid of him was the quickest way to convince Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett that they would be better off elsewhere. From the Celtics’ perspective, trading an elite coach for an unprotected pick in the 2015 draft that will be somewhere around the mid-20s may seem like a low return. For the Clippers, giving up anything for any coach, when they could simply hire Lionel Hollins or Brian Shaw without surrendering anything, apparently seemed unreasonable. But a week’s worth of reports about both sides hanging up the phone and abruptly leaving discussions is disgust were clearly little more than posturing. The Celtics and Clippers were determined to get a deal done, for their sakes. In offering rationalizations for the move, both sides will try to sell the public on minutia to suggest they got what they wanted. The Celtics are already quietly trumpeting the “unprotected” nature of the pick, meaning they will get it whether or not the Clips fall off a cliff in two years and are back in the draft lottery, but any protection likely will be extraneous if Rivers pans out the way Los Angeles hopes. The Clippers will insist Paul had input yet did not push a deal, lest they create the impression that the inmates run the asylum, but by now the world knows the truth. To borrow a phrase from NBA commissioner David Stern, if you believe any of the teams’ versions of this story, I’ve got a bridge that connects to Brooklyn that I would love to sell you. Again, however, even though the Clippers reportedly restarted the talks by finally offering the first-round pick the Celtics demanded, this situation had no “winner” or “loser.” In the end, everyone can say they won because they pulled off the deal they needed to make, but that is all. By accomplishing something they had to do, rather than something they wanted to do, neither side truly can call itself the winner. Have a question for Ben Watanabe? Send it to him via Twitter at @BenjeeBallgame or send it here. Related articles Report: NBA Will Approve Doc Rivers Deal, but Not Future Trade Between Celtics, Clippers for Kevin Garnett (nesn.com) Report: Doc Rivers To Coach Clippers, Celtics Receive 2015 First-Round Draft Pick in Return (nesn.com) Antoine Walker Says He Wants to Coach Celtics After Doc Rivers, Clippers Appear to Reach Deal (nesn.com)
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dekker changes his Twitter to painful memory

Five best quarterback situations in the NFL

MLB players want to trade lives with Tom Brady

WATCH: Ohio State dog urinates on Michigan fire hydrant

Gregg Marshall is staying at Wichita State

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bengals troll Browns with April Fools’ Day joke

Malcolm Jenkins on McCoy trade: Could've gotten more

Does Romo restructure pave the way for Peterson?

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

LeBron thought Kyrie was a ballhog when season started

Gus Malzahn not happy about Michigan satellite camp

WATCH: Kaman pushes CP3 after shot to groin

Kelly Olynyk helps Celtics to win despite eye injury

Report: Boston mayor furious over Olympics rumors

Ravens commit tampering violation, show it on Twitter

Lightning won’t sell playoff tickets to non-Florida residents

Brad Stevens dismisses Texas rumor

Albert, Costas and Michaels to work together for the first time

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

13 U.S. senators call on FIFA to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

The San Antonio Spurs are beautiful again

Auriemma blasts men’s college basketball: ‘The game is a joke’

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five best QB situations in the NFL

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

Why WrestleMania 31 was an all-time great

Five worst QB situations in NFL

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.