The biggest story to take the basketball world by storm and throw everyone everywhere into a tizzy, ended without anything happening as Doc Rivers was never traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and his future with the Boston Celtics is still in flux. There was a lot of talk but we didn’t actually move anywhere from where we were six days ago.
But while Rivers’ future with the Celtics is still up in the air, it has nothing to do with the fact he was almost traded to the Clippers to be their new head coach. In fact, Rivers wanted the Clippers job is he had to take it and the Celtics wanted to speed up their rebuilding process which means both sides were technically trying to help one another out in this situation.
As much as Rivers wanted Clippers job, Boston management wanted to use deal to speed up rebuilding process. Ainge and Rivers aren’t at odds.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 18, 2013
Rivers’ questioning his future with the Celtics has more to do with him not wanting to be a part of a rebuilding process and preferring to spend some time with his family instead. It’s been well known for the better part of two years that Rivers has missed his children growing up in a way as he’s been busy building the monster in Boston that is now slowly being put to sleep.
So if he walks away from the Celtics, he’s not walking away forever — and that includes basketball and the Celtics.
He’ll likely return when a top notch job opens up like one in either of the Los Angeles markets or perhaps a job with the Knicks or even a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves if they can stack talent and allow Rick Adelman to ride off into the sunset comfortably.
But if there’s one thing not occurring, it’s hard feelings between the Celtics and Rivers. They both had something to gain out of a trade to the Clippers and neither of them was being forced to do anything they didn’t want to do. If you thought the Celtics were going to try and force Rivers to coach elsewhere, that’s just a crazy notion and so is one regarding the two sides being at odds over trade talks with Los Angeles.