Have the Los Angeles Clippers finally given up on Doc Rivers? It sure sounds like it, at least if you believe a report from ESPN scribe Chris Broussard.
As with anything reported from Broussard, it needs to be taken with a grain of salt but according to his sources, Byron Scott has began financial conversations with the Los Angeles Clippers in regards to a potential head coaching contract.
Sources: Clippers initiated talks about financial parameters of a contract w/Byron Scott Friday night. Did not do so w/L Hollins & B Shaw.
At this point, it’s hard to tell what exactly it means. In normal circumstances it would mean the Clippers and Scott were getting pretty close to agreeing on a contract but with the Clippers and Boston Celtics continually playing games over Doc Rivers, is it just a ploy to get the Celtics to blink first?
Scott was seen in Los Angeles a few weeks ago working out in Clippers shorts which lead many to believe he was nearing a deal then, but for whatever reason, the two sides never inked a contract.
Here’s an update to the situation from Ramona Shelburne:
Sources told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne the Clippers still intend to revisit the Rivers talks one more time, but are using the weekend to make sure they can quickly move on to one of the other three candidates — Scott, Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw — should the talks with Boston go nowhere.
Roeser and other members of the front office are expected to present their recommendations for the head coach to Sterling on Monday, with a resolution expected soon thereafter, and possibly the same day.
The Celtics are scheduled to hold a news conference to discuss the future of Rivers on Monday. The news conference originally was scheduled for Friday but was postponed.