“I think there is still some life left in it,” one executive said. “The door is not closed yet on getting a deal done.”
The Clippers won’t budge on their current offer of a second-round draft pick for the rights to Rivers, the executives said.
However, Boston wants a 2014 first-round pick for Rivers, the executives said, because that is considered a very good draft class.
The Clippers can be patient in their pursuit of Rivers because two of the candidates for their head coaching position haven’t been offered a job by any other team, and a third candidate hasn’t been interviewed by other teams for any other openings
Doc Rivers informed the Los Angeles Clippers that he is no longer a candidate for the franchise’s coaching job and will use the weekend to decide his coaching future with the Boston Celtics, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Rivers plans to have a decision on Monday. He is choosing between staying with Boston for his 10th season or leaving for television. If Rivers does leave the job, the Celtics will still require compensation before he can accept a job elsewhere in the NBA.
Free-agent star Chris Paul pushed the Clippers to hire Rivers as coach, but will have to settle for Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw or Byron Scott if he plans to re-sign with Los Angeles in July. Paul is unhappy with the fallout over the failed deal, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night.
There’s nothing left to write.
All we can do is hope and pray this situation is resolved by Monday.
Last night, during a moment of frustration and intoxication, I tweeted that the Celtics should fire Doc Rivers. I would like to retract this statement. Such a move would be of no benefit to the Celtics.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Theatre of the absurd | Herald – Reviewing script of ongoing C’s drama | Deal out to dry Doc Rivers | Globe – Clippers offer 2nd round pick, won’t get deal done | CSNNE – Clips/Celts deal off again |