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Los Angeles Clippers Reportedly Have a “Mutual Interest” With Boston Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers

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Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

The rumors surrounding Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers have been heating up all week long.

After initial reports surfaced last month that Rivers was expected to return to Boston next season, the wheels are seemingly coming off here in mid-June and now nobody really knows what to expect in terms of Rivers’ pending decision.

On Wednesday, ESPN‘s Chris Broussard reported that sources close to Rivers said that he believes that “it may be time for a change.” That immediately began a firestorm and Rivers became one of the more highly-talked about topics around the NBA alongside Jason Kidd, who was named the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

Now, ESPN‘s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein are linking Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers once again. You remember that whole Boston-L.A. trade rumor from early May, right? Given this latest report however, the only thing that appears to be “new news” would be the fact that Rivers is interested in Los Angeles. In hindsight, we know that the Clippers would vault Rivers to the top of their short list if they could get in touch with him, but as of now, the Clippers have not asked for permission from the Celtics.

That in its own right is another matter? Would Danny Ainge allow the Clippers this permission? Would Donald Sterling fork up the money to pay Rivers? Who knows. “Mutual interest” is like dust in the wind, there’s no foundation to the rumor, just yet.

In fact, the Boston Herald reported on Wednesday night that Rivers was actually “overwhelmingly” leaning towards returning to Boston next season. These sources are all over the place as the two reports, each within a 24-hour window, basically contradict themselves.

With things heating up more and more however, it wouldn’t be all that shocking if Rivers made some sort of public statement soon.


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