The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers finally agreed to a trade today involving Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. It might have been the longest talked about trade of all time. One day the deal was on, the next day it was off. It has been difficult keeping up with all the updates regarding the deal. The Clippers finally agreed to surrender the coveted first round pick that Celtics GM Danny Ainge had been seeking. Originally, the Clippers were only willing to give up a second round pick for Rivers, which is a pretty ridiculous proposition given Rivers stature as a talented head coach. He is the type of guy that can help them get over that hump. The draft pick will not occur until 2015 and will also be unprotected. That means that if the Clippers somehow stink that year and pick in the lottery, there will not be any restrictions on the pick. Often you see lottery picks being protected, meaning that if they fall within a certain range, the team holding that pick gets to retain it.
The Celtics were in a tough spot on this deal. It had been known that Rivers did not have a desire to undergo a potential rebuilding effort in Boston, so he quickly made it known that he wanted to leave the organization. Instead of simply letting him go or watching him leave for a broadcast booth, the Celtics were able to acquire a pretty valuable asset for a coach who didn’t want to be there anymore.
The first step in a potential rebuilding effort by the Celtics occurred today and this will be only the beginning to a very eventful summer for the organization.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18