The clumsy, on-again off-again talks between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have mercifully come to a conclusion, with former Celtics coach Doc Rivers heading to Los Angeles in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick, pending league approval.
With Rivers headed to TinselTown, the Celtics are in need of a new head coach–and fast. The 2013 NBA Draft is on Thursday and, though it’s not necessary for Danny Ainge to hire a coach before then, that would be the ideal scenario.
According to the great Jackie MacMullan of ESPN (at this point, I think the ‘great’ has just become a part of her name), Celtics ownership was hesitant to pay Rivers $7 million to reside over a rebuilding (or, if we’re being optimistic, reloading) effort. Rivers also seemed hesitant to reside over a rebuilding effort–despite the $7 million.
If that’s the case, it can be assumed the Celtics will pay their next coach significantly less money, which would seem to knock some of the more high-profile candidates off Ainge’s wish list. George Karl or Stan Van Gundy might be interested in coaching a team in transition–but probably not without a contract with a lot of commas and a lot of zeroes.
If the Celtics are looking for the best fit, Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw appear to be good candidates for the job. Read more »