Boston Celtics Rumors: If Doc Rivers Leaves, Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins Should Be on Team's Radar

By Paul Seaver
Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

The rumors are swirling involving an ongoing and potential deal between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers. After talks heated up, then broke off over the weekend, many outlets are now reporting that discussions are back on and the two sides are looking to move towards a deal.

At this point, the ongoing discussions are circling around a number of different names and pieces, but the most stable of them all is of course both Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett. Earlier on Monday, it was reported that Rivers may be all but done in Boston, regardless of whether or not he’s bound for the west coast.

So Celtics fans should be more than prepared at this time that Rivers may very well have already coached his final game in Boston.

If this turns out to be the case, where would the Celtics turn next? Who would they target?

Both Vinny Del Negro and Lawrence Frank have already been linked as potential options, but at this time Rivers remains the coach, so obviously this is all speculation. However, the two names that should certainly come into the discussion are both Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw.

Both are candidates in Los Angeles, but that would obviously end if Rivers is dealt to the west coast.

There’s no telling who Danny Ainge would pursue and it’s way to early to dive into potential candidates, but it’s worth the simple speculation. Hollins and Shaw are the hottest names on the open market right now and they have been targeted by numerous organizations to this point.

We will stay grounded for now and see how things play out from here.


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