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Doc Rivers Saw Move as 'Win-Win-Win,' Says 'It Was Just Time' to Leave Celtics

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 18: Head Coach Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics reacts in the fourth quarter during the final minutes of a 103-105 loss to the Miami Heat on March 18, 2013 at theTD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Heat kept their winning streak going to 24 games in a row, which is the second longest in NBA history.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2016

The Boston Celtics finally addressed their trade of Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, with all three parties seeing the move as a positive, as Rivers was ready to move on.

Perhaps the highlight of the day was Rivers' introduction as Los Angeles' new head coach, where Rivers commented on the trade for the first time since the deal went down.

Among the standard gratitude toward his old team in which he mentioned his love for the tradition and the players in Boston, Rivers also stated that he was ready to leave:

It was just time. I really don't think it would be fair to get into all of that right now. I made a decision to talk with all of the Boston media following my press conference with the Clippers (on Wednesday), and I will honor that.

I'll explain it to everyone then. But to say I was dying to get out of Boston, dying to leave the Celtics is just wrong. That's not how it was. That's not how I felt.

While it may seem a bit crass to walk out on the Celtics, as the team is facing its first period of hardship since 2008, Celtics president Danny Ainge doesn't seem to harbor any ill will toward Rivers.

Not only did Ainge respect Doc's decision, but he reiterated Doc's desire for change, but from Boston's standpoint.

Beyond that, the C's tried to persuade Doc to stay way back when he had his first moments of doubt, but never pressured him to make a decision that he would be uncomfortable with.

Ainge told reporters a supposed rift with Rajon Rondo didn't play into their decision:

What remains most interesting about the entire scenario is that Rivers specifically wanted to move to the Clippers.

It's strange that he talked about being ready to move on from Boston, but the only team he was ready to "move on" with was Los Angeles. It could be that L.A. was the only other team he was interested in other than Boston, or he was looking at the Clippers or retiring.

For now, that much remains a mystery.

As far as the future is concerned, Ainge was mum on what the Celtics' plans were in head-coaching search.

While hiring somebody to replace Doc may be the most pressing matter in Boston's front office, there's a long, intriguing rebuild ahead of the team, with any result seeming possible.

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