Clippers Reportedly No Longer Considering Doc Rivers for Head Coaching Job
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers organization has decided to move forward in its coaching search without Rivers:
Clippers moving forward without Doc Rivers, now prepared to offer job to Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins next week, sources— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 15, 2013
The Clippers had been linked to the Boston Celtics head coach earlier Saturday afternoon when Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Clippers were in discussions with Boston about a trade that would bring Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles. The exchange would have netted Boston DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks.
The teams were reportedly negotiating the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe in the deal as well.
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Now it appears that those talks have broken down, and the Clippers will be looking for other options to fill their head coaching vacancy.
Shaw served as an assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2005 to 2011 before joining the Indiana coaching staff. The Pacers have made back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals appearances in his time at Indiana.
Hollins served as the Memphis Grizzlies head coach from 2008 to 2013. The team let his contract expire after the 2013 season despite a 56-26 record in the regular season and a Western Conference Finals appearance.
According to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Clippers believed they could also acquire Paul Pierce, which would have given them a trio of Celtics stars that won an NBA title in 2008. Now it appears the franchise is looking to go in another direction in pursuit of a championship.
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