The Doc Rivers saga continues to grow more interesting by the day. While there have been no new revelations regarding Rivers himself in the past 12 hours, some contingency plans have come into focus, if Rivers decides to bolt Boston. Here’s the latest from Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald:
Two league sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed yesterday that if Rivers does indeed leave, former Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro will receive serious consideration as his replacement.
Clippers management, known to be interested in Rivers now that his reluctance has become public, was denied permission to talk to him earlier this week, according to one of the sources. Celtics management has now denied two teams permission — the Clippers and Nets. Memphis is also said to be interested, though Grizzlies management has not approached Ainge.
But Rivers’ prolonged deliberation has forced Ainge to at least consider alternatives. The Celtics president of basketball operations is an admirer of the Springfield-born Del Negro and his up-tempo philosophy, even if Del Negro reportedly didn’t mesh with his biggest star, Chris Paul.
CH’s Take: Three words here should do the trick: Worst trade ever? Let me elaborate on that a little bit.
If Danny Ainge proceeds to dump KG, Pierce and essentially Doc in what will surely be a lackluster return (if it goes down) and THEN replaces Rivers with Vinny Del Negro, one of the most maligned coaches around the league, I’m not sure how much confidence Celtics fans should have in Ainge running this franchise moving forward. We are getting into too much speculation here, so I don’t want to go further than that, but it’s fair to say the reported contingency plan is even rockier than I would even expect.
I would write more about this, but I don’t want to give it any more thought. I’ll leave it at that.