Doc Rivers to the LA Clippers: Done Deal

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A deal has been reached between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers that will allow Doc Rivers to be released from his Celtics contact and become the new head coach of the Clippers. The Celtics will receive a 2015 first-round draft pick from the Clippers, while Rivers will reportedly sign a three-year, $21 million deal.

This deal has been in the works for several weeks now and it all began when it was reported that Doc Rivers was hesitant on returning to the Celtics due to the potential rebuilding phase the team might embark on. The original deal the two teams were working on had Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett going to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan and draft picks. The Celtics wanted Eric Bledsoe included in the deal but the Clippers did not want to let go of their guard. Then the deal became centered around draft picks, but the two teams could not come to an agreement on the years or rounds of these draft picks and the deal flat-lined.

Then All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who is a free agent this off-season, encouraged Clippers management to resume talks with the Celtics. The Clippers are planing to retain Paul this summer and are clearly willing to do whatever it takes to make him happy, so they made a call to the Celtics and the the talks heated up again.

Once it seemed the two sided had finally agreed upon a deal that would send Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to the Clippers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and 2 first round picks, NBA Commissioner David Stern stepped in and vetoed the trade and told both teams it was breaking the rules. In other terms, he basically stated coaches and players cannot be traded for one another.

With that happening, the deal once again seemed dead and a hesitant Doc Rivers would be making his return to the Celtics sidelines. That was until today’s deal was reached and both teams seeming to believe the NBA will approve this new deal with no problem.

The one major monkey wrenched that has been tossed into this whole situation is that while the NBA will most likely approve the deal for Doc, it is reported that the NBA would see a separate trade involving Garnett as connected to the Rivers’ deal and a violation of the collective bargaining agreement. Thus making the chances of KG going to the Clippers less likely.

The next few days and even weeks will be very interesting with a lot of questions needing to be answered. What will happen with KG? What does Paul Pierce’s future hold? What is the next step in the Celtics rebuilding phase? Only one thing is certain, the 2013-2014 Boston Celtics will look very different next season and through this whole process,  Doc Rivers might have also tarnished his legacy with the Celtics.

Mike Molyneaux – Multi Sport Contributor  – TitleTown Sports

Host of “The Jungle” at TitleTown Sports Radio Network

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