If Doc Rivers decides to walk away from his 3-year, $21 million contract with the Boston Celtics, general manager Danny Ainge already has a possible replacement lined up: Vinny Del Negro.
Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald reports that Ainge has considered a backup plan:
Two league sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed yesterday that if Rivers does indeed leave, former Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro will receive serious consideration as his replacement.
Del Negro was fired following a season in which the Los Angeles Clippers lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies. Owner Donald Sterling intimated that free agent point guard Chris Paul was the reason behind the firing.
Del Negro, a native of Springfield, Ma. and former champion with the San Antonio Spurs, has compiled a 210-184 record in five seasons as an NBA coach. He spent two seasons a coach of the Chicago Bulls before he was fired and three more with Los Angeles.
CelticsTown has gotten an exclusive look at the rest of Ainge’s shortlist of potential replacements for Doc. Let’s examine each candidate: Read more »