Doc Rivers is looking for a way out of his position with the Boston Celtics, with the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly being his ideal destination. Rivers, an Orlando native and former head coach for the Orlando Magic, is one of the most highly revered head coaches in the game today. Could the Magic throw their hat in the ring to try and land the coach?
Realistically, the Magic would be more interested in the idea than Rivers himself, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. He’s proven himself to be an elite coach on the biggest of stages, and it’s hard to imagine that he would want to bypass another opportunity to win a ring than to be thrown into a full-fledged rebuilding project.
Rivers does have three years remaining on his contract in Boston, but it would appear that he feels it’s time for a change for his coaching career. Boston’s championship contender window is slammed shut with their aging core of stars failing to produce consistently enough to be taken seriously, but maybe there could be a glimmer of hope.
Should Rivers stay in Boston, would it really be much different than the situation in Orlando? They’re going to have to go through a rebuilding process of their own, and the difference is that maybe Doc would be more comfortable going through it in his hometown.
The Magic absolutely has to inquire about Rivers and gauge his level of interest, if any. It’s too early to judge Jacque Vaughn as a head coach considering the players at his disposal, and this is not an indictment on him in any way. However, when there’s a coach with the track record of a Doc Rivers, they must be interested in the possibility of him leading the way in a new era.