Found June 15, 2013 on Boston's Bettah:
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A couple of months ago, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith brought forwards an interesting proposition, if crazy one. With the Boston Celtics on their last legs as a contender and head-coach Doc Rivers unsure if he wanted to be a part of another rebuilding plan in Boston, an idea was brought forward that would essentially send Doc, and forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles in exchange for some package of players that might even have included high-flying forward Blake Griffin. This is the first thing to remember whenever someone bashes the Doc Rivers rumors as just “something he does every year”. That has been a common statement this off-season, but this type of move was being discussed as far back as April. If that is not a sign that this years round of Doc Rivers rumors has real legs than I really need too get better at making reads. Friday night, the Doc Rivers saga reached another fever pitch as it was reported that Doc Rivers and the Clippers have mutual interest in each other  and the idea that some kind of coach and player trade could legitimately happen has certainly been raised to a level it was not at before. Forget about the Del Negro rumors or what team is involved or why Doc Rivers signed a five-year contract a few years back knowing that the Celtics would be entering a rebuilding or retooling time sooner rather than later. There was a growing sense among Boston Celtics fans that the Celtics would “run it back” one more time and take another shot at the championship. Last years team was derailed by injuries to key players and high-profile signings not reaching their expectations. While the Celtics would not be favored by any stretch of the imagination, there was little doubt the Boston Celtics could make another run at the title. By retaining the core and getting creative in their quest to find another big-man, a healthy Celtics could challenge the top of the East for a spot in the Finals, or so the thought was. Even if the Celtics were clearly out of it and done by February, the trade market would be much more plentiful and would allow the Celtics to begin the rebuilding process. In reality, running it back one more time seemed like a no lose situation. Not if everything we are hearing happens. If Doc leaves, so does Kevin Garnett and so does Paul Pierce. What is left is a collection of players featuring only one real difference maker (Rondo) and a bunch of players that can be good third, fourth or fifth cogs in a championship team. If Doc Rivers goes to Los Angeles and take the heart (Kevin Garnett) and the soul (Paul Pierce) with him, the countdown until the Andrew Wiggins lottery will officially begin.
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