The Los Angeles Clippers have not formally requested permission to interview Celtics coach Doc Rivers in the wake of widespread reports about Rivers’ potential departure from Boston, but there is strong mutual interest between the parties, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Rivers is highly intrigued by the idea of coaching the Clippers in the event that he and the Celtics part company after nine seasons together and one championship in 2008. Sources say that the Clippers, meanwhile, would immediately vault Rivers to the top of their list if he became available as they continue a coaching search that, to this point, has focused on Brian Shaw, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins.
The Clippers and Rivers would sure be an interesting combination. That’s a talented team that anyone would absolutely love to coach, so in the event that Rivers doesn’t return it wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit to see them pursue Rivers.
Again, though, I don’t know how serious these things are. I can’t see a scenario where Rivers, a man under contract, would leave the Celtics. Rivers knew that the Celtics would be a rebuilding project soon. He wouldn’t have signed a five year deal with them if he did not.
This is very interesting, though. Going back to the trade deadline, there was a notion that Kevin Garnett was on the table if he agreed to waive his no trade clause and that the only place he would be willing to go was Los Angeles.
Maybe Doc really wants to remain with Garnett and Pierce throughout the rest of their careers? If that is the case, we shouldn’t be surprised by that at all.