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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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So Rivers is grappling with two potential scenarios: Coaching a team that could be a legitimate contender in the Clippers, which could be a refreshing start, or once again bringing one of the most storied franchises...
Where there’s Donald Sterling there’s smoke but no fire CLNSRadio’s Nick Gelso just wrote a great piece about the ongoing Doc Rivers saga. If you haven’t yet checked it out, it’s a great read. My attitude towards the rumors, innuendo, and general teeth-gnashing and wailing has been to not let myself get too worked up about the situation. The reality is that no one...
Doc Rivers has not ruled out taking time off from coaching for a return to his broadcasting career and returning afterward to coaching, according to a source.
"You guys (media) have been around Doc long enough to know that's always been something he's talked about," the source said. "So it shouldn't come as a surprise.
"And frankly, now is probably...
Doc Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his contract with the Boston Celtics, but there is growing speculation that he will not return to Beantown next season. Now the latest reports say that there is mutual interest between Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers, who have a vacancy after parting ways with [...]
Clippers moving forward without Doc Rivers, now prepared to offer job to Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins next week, sources
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 15, 2013
That was fast. A few hours ago, a KG-to-LA in a “trade” that involved Doc Rivers was allegedly going hot and heavy. All the local guys were chiming in with their sources too, making it seem like this thing...
The Los Angeles Clippers have not formally requested permission to interview Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers in the wake of widespread reports about Rivers' potential departure for Boston, but there is strong mutual interest between the parties, according, http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/sources-rivers-clips-have-mutual-interest
Steve Bulpett is reporting in the Herald that now that the cat is out of the bag and everyone knows that Doc and the Clippers have a mutual admiration society, the teams have begun talks that could lead to a deal getting done.
With some clear mutual interest having been established, the situation has progressed to the point where the Celtics and Clippers are now engaging in talks...
Not so fast, DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe.
What a crazy Saturday this has been. Doc Rivers was apparently on the table in a trade that would have also shipped KG and Pierce to LA. Of course, Danny Ainge had some crazy demands and it seems like the deal was hung up on Eric Bledsoe's inclusion.
And so, it appears both teams have now moved on?
Umm? RT @BA_Turner: Clippers...
As we’ve been reporting, Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics may be preparing to part ways. Rivers has no interest in the rebuilding situation the Celtics are about to embark on, and Rivers is open to coaching other teams.
ESPN L.A. is reporting that the Clippers and Doc Rivers have a mutual interest in each other.
Doc Rivers and Clippers have mutual interest. http://t.co/NzHnkGzupS...
The Los Angeles Clippers are engaged in discussions with the Boston Celtics on a deal that would involve Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.
The Clippers would send DeAndre Jordan and two first round picks to the Celtics for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers as their head coach.
Garnett is willing to waive his no-trade clause.
Donald Sterling is prepared to pay Rivers an annual salary...
Suddenly, being the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers is looking quite sexy. Ex-Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins was said to be meeting with Clippers brass today (Thursday) but ESPN LA is reporting that Doc Rivers is interested in the job.
Right around the 2013 trade deadline, there were rumors that a deal was being worked to send KG to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan...
It would be complicated, but not impossible.
There's a rising belief around the NBA that Doc, KG & Pierce all want to carry on as a trio in Clipperland if they can't roll on in Boston
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 15, 2013
Cash and draft considerations in exchange for Doc? Separate trades for Garnett and Pierce without surrendering Blake Griffin? All do-able
The Clippers and Celtics are discussing a potential deal involving
Boston Coach Doc Rivers and power forward Kevin Garnett both coming
to Los Angeles, but the Clippers feel as if the current asking
price is too high, said NBA executives who asked not to be
identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly on
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The proposed cross-country move of Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics' bench to the Los Angeles Clippers' bench remained in limbo Saturday night because of the teams' ongoing haggling over prized young guard Eric Bledsoe, according to sources with knowled, http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/sources-bledsoe-linchpin-in-docclips-deal