The Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics are finalizing a deal that would send Doc Rivers to LA, and it’s probably for the best, as it seems Doc only wants to coach a title contender, according to ESPN:
“He wants another championship or at least another chance at it,” one source close to Rivers said. “He doesn’t want to go through a rebuilding process.”
The deal that would send Kevin Garnett to LA and DeAndre Jordan to Boston is a separate deal, but would happen together with Doc’s trade. Essentially, the Clippers would send two first-round picks to the Celtics, after which Boston would release Rivers and allow him to sign for the Clippers.
While Danny Ainge would probably still take back Rivers as the Celtics head coach, this is the best solution for both teams. Rivers would not have to waste his time rebuilding a franchise, and the Celtics organization would not have to pay him $7 million a year to coach a team that could possibly miss out on the playoffs.
On the flip side, Chris Paul will re-sign with the Clippers and Rivers will essentially be guaranteed a contending roster for a couple of years.