Doc Rivers To Coach Los Angeles Clippers

Doc Rivers during his playing days.

Doc Rivers during his playing days.

After several weeks of trade talks and rumours that saw David Stern step in an issue a statement that the Collective Bargaining Agreement does not allow and trades that includes both players and coaches, the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics have finally worked out a deal that will send coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers.  In return, the Celtics will receive an unconditional first-round pick, a pretty good deal since the Clippers will also be relieving Boston of several million dollars each of the next three season by taking over Rivers’ contract.

Kevin Garnett, who was initially part of the deal, vetoed at least one trade last season and perhaps several others with his no-trade clause, claiming that he wanted to finish his career playing with Rivers and Paul Pierce in Boston.  With Rivers gone and Pierce’s future uncertain, it seems likely that Garnett may be willing to rescind his no-trade clause and with rumours that Ray Allen may opt out of his contract with Miami, some fans are hoping for a reunion of the Allen-Garnett-Pierce that saw so much success since 2008, perhaps in Boston, perhaps in LA. 

The Clippers are no doubt hoping that landing Rivers might mean landing Pierce and Garnett as well.

The Clippers are no doubt hoping that landing Rivers might mean landing Pierce and Garnett as well.

Rivers will be taking over for coach Vinny Del Negro who, despite doing a great job in LA did not have his contract renewed.  Del Negro lead the Clippers to an improvement each season with the team and two consecutive playoff appearances coupled with a franchise best 56-win season this past year.  An injury to Blake Griffin prevented a deep playoff run and Del Negro suffered the consequence.  Del Negro was one of two coaches to lose their jobs after leading their team to a franchise best record and failing to get out of the first round (Coach of the Year George Karl also lost his job under similar circumstances a couple of weeks ago).  River will no doubt be expected to contend both for the best record in the West and an NBA championship so long as Paul returns, and the Clippers are no doubt hoping that the arrival of Rivers will also mean the arrival of at least one more Hall of Fame player in Garnett and perhaps a couple of more. 

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  1. […] in the 2016/17 season.  Coupled with that, Allen has already played for defensive-minded coach Doc Rivers, who the Clippers acquired in the offseason.  The trade makes sense for both teams and the contacts match up nicely; the only question is: how […]

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