Posted October 29, 2013

Report: Doc Rivers may have resigned if Clippers owner had vetoed trade for J.J. Redick

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Doc Rivers was reportedly infuriated by Clippers owner Don Sterling's involvement in the team's trade negotiations this offseason. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Doc Rivers was reportedly infuriated by Clippers owner Don Sterling’s involvement in the team’s trade negotiations this offseason. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Clippers transformed into serious NBA title contenders this offseason, as they brought in head coach Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics and made a key trade that brought them J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley.

But owner Donald Sterling almost never let that trade happen, and the coach may have resigned before taking the court with Los Angeles.

According to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Sterling almost stopped the three-team trade, which sent guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for the Suns’ Jared Dudley and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Redick (in a sign-and-trade).

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Sterling’s decision — which has become customary in what is viewed as a dysfunctional organization — infuriated Rivers, who came to the Clippers in the offseason on a three-year, $21 million deal.

From Wojnarowski’s report:

With Sterling, rational thought and debate aren’t always part of the discussion. Whatever his reasons, everyone else awaited Rivers’ conversations with Sterling. Rivers’ contract gave him ultimate management authority on deals, and several sources dealing with the Clippers say that Rivers was beyond embarrassed and humiliated. He feared the unraveling of the deal would cost him his credibility and paralyze him in future trade and negotiation talks, sources said.

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What frustrated Rivers even more, according to Wojnarowski, was how he had personally lobbied and convinced Redick to come to Los Angeles. Redick did not have a back-up plan.

Sources in the Clippers organization told Wojnarowski that they believed Rivers could have resigned if, in the next 72 hours, Sterling hadn’t changed his mind and let the trade go through again.

“It never got to that,” one source told Yahoo Sports, “but it might have had Sterling not come around.”


12 comments
bambam824
bambam824

Doc Rivers might resign when he realizes he can't teach defense to a wacky clipper team, and that was a nice pounding the Lakers put on those wacky clips.

Mark112
Mark112

Since “It never got to that,” this article, and the utter pointlessness of it, isn't relevant. Glad to see the Clips off to their typically torrid start. Watch it Doc, CP3 might try to run you out of town before long.

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

Those of us in San Diego remember the early 80's and the problems created by Sterling. All of them were tolerated but moving the team to LA was the worst thing he  could have done (and did). The 1st and 2nd year teams led by Gene Shue were a  T E A M and then the Bill Walton trade - ugh. 

Jai2
Jai2

Rivers is such a liar

Not4nutten
Not4nutten

Now Coach Rivers is going to have to put up!!!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The NBA is getting what they deserve by letting a toad like Donald Sterling own a team in the first place.  He's a  disgrace. I can't see this working out because of that. Rivers will have to quit within a year.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Owner pays the bills the owner makes the decisions.  Let Rivers buy his won team then.

Eif
Eif

Yeah.. that owner has such a proven track record of winning that he doesn't need a championship winning coach to build the team.