The Los Angeles Clippers are still hoping to get a deal done with the Boston Celtics, which would land Doc Rivers in LA. While Rivers remains the Clippers’ primary candidate, the team is also engaging in separate talks with other coaches, in order to show the Celtics that they are not afraid to walk away from the blockbuster deal and to have something to fall back on.
Lionel Hollins has already interviewed with the team and impressed, but the Clippers will interview other coaches as well, according to ESPN:
So the Clippers, in what NBA coaching sources are terming a “separate process,” have moved ahead with their coaching search just in case, for one reason or another, they’ll be unable to pry Rivers out of Boston. They’ve arranged sitdowns this week for Byron Scott (Tuesday) and Brian Shaw (Wednesday) with Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Lionel Hollins, the other finalist for the Clippers’ job before the pursuit of Rivers got serious, already met with Sterling.
It’s important to note that all these three candidates are merely a backup plan for the Clippers. The Celtics are making concessions and could make a deal happen in the next couple of days.
Scott’s last coaching gig was with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he was fired after another disappointing season.