Doc Rivers is at the moment underneath contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, however there are rumors effervescent up that he could possibly be transferring throughout his present enviornment to the opposite locker room. Sure, the Los Angeles Lakers might make a run at Rivers this summer season.
A number of media members have recommended such a state of affairs (Stephen A. Smith talked about it on his radio present lately) and Peter Vescey is the most recent.
On Monday, Vescey claimed Magic Johnson loves Rivers and would give him the job if he needed it. For those who suppose it’s unlikely Rivers would go away the Clippers, Vescey had this nugget for you:
Would Rivers earnestly contemplate leaving a rebuilt playoff workforce (three starters are 22, 22 & 20; after which there’s Danilo Gallinari and two nuclear subs) that can take pleasure in sufficient cap house July 1 to entice on paper two free brokers worthy of most funding (Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are my educated guesses), and an proprietor who received’t faintly flinch to shell it out?
After all, Rivers would!
In line with a confidant, he virtually all the time has needed to leash the Lakers. In conversations over time, Doc continuously expressed an ardent ambition to educate both them, or the Knicks earlier than retiring, if for no different motivation than their worldwide manufacturers.
Everyone knows Luke Walton and the Lakers are destined to interrupt up after this season. Clearly, Johnson and common supervisor Rob Pelinka wish to make a splash with their subsequent rent. In addition they want somebody who can command the respect of LeBron James whereas additionally integrating the remaining items of the Lakers’ younger core. There are only some coaches on the market who might do each.
The Clippers enter Monday with a 41-30 file and within the eighth playoff spot within the Western Convention. It’s been a outstanding season contemplating the franchise gave the impression to be settling in for a rebuild this season. Actually, it may be Rivers’ greatest teaching job but.
Vescey claims Clippers proprietor Steve Ballmer will pony up big-time to maintain his coach. Whereas Rivers is at the moment making $10 million a 12 months, Ballmer is prone to supply him an extension value $60 million over 4 seasons.
Lakers proprietor Jeanie Buss received’t be breaking the financial institution to usher in Rivers, however he would possibly take much less to educate LeBron be a part of the NBA’s glamour franchise.
Count on these rumors to persist till Rivers decides on his future.
The Lakers have additionally been related to Mark Jackson, Ty Lue, and John Calipari, whereas they might try a Hail Mary run at Mike Krzyzewski.