Posts tagged: Doc Rivers
Boston Celtics rumors 2013: Jay Larranaga will coach summer league team, is a candidate to replace Doc Rivers
Jay Larranga, an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics last season, will coach the Celtics summer league team in Orlando and is a candidate to replace Doc Rivers on the Boston bench, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Boston Celtics will consider several younger and lower-profile candidates for the franchise’s coaching vacancy, including assistant coach Jay Larranaga, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Larranaga is the only Celtics assistant who will still be under contract when the Orlando Pro Summer League begins on July 6. The contracts of the remaining staff expire on June 30.
Some staff members are expected to join Rivers in Los Angeles, while a few are pursuing other opportunities, like Mike Longabardi, who recently accepted a position with the Phoenix Suns.
Rivers in interested in bringing Larranaga with him to Los Angeles, according to Wojnarowski. Larranaga, the son of Miami (Fla) men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga, coached the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League before joining Rivers’ staff for the 2012-2013 season.
Celtics ownership is preparing for a rebuilding season and does not want to pay their next coach anything near the $7 million per season Rivers was making.
In related news, Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald reported that Jason Terry will assist Larranaga in coaching the Celtics summer league team. Terry expressed a desire to coach when his playing career ends.
From my perspective, I have to get healthy,” said Terry, who had minor knee surgery earlier this month. “I’m thinking about my future, too, and I want to be a coach. I learned a lot from Doc last year. Next season I’m still going to be under Danny (Ainge), and it will be an opportunity for me to learn his side of the business. This is still a great organization to be part of.”
Terry, who is under contract with the Celtics for two more seasons, disappointed in his first season in Boston. Danny Ainge will likely try to move Terry and his mid-level contract (roughly $5 million per season) this summer, but there might not be any buyers for the 35-year old guard who had his worst year since his rookie season in 1999-2000.
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 »
One of the many, many things that bothers me about this Doc Rivers saga is the way Celtics fans have consistently brought up Doc’s words at the beginning of his contract.
From a WEEI interview right after he signed his long-term contract:
“Coaches talk about loyalty and team all the time, and I just thought it was time to show it,” Rivers said. “And that’s what I did.”
Lots of commentators and even more Twitter users have thrown this phrase around as conclusive proof that Rivers should be attacked for his disloyalty and for his desire to coach elsewhere. Setting aside that these fans are holding Rivers to one phrase uttered two years ago, Steve Bulpett’s latest column for the Boston Herald would seem to counter this mentality a bit. Read more »
A few hours before this WojBomb dropped and details surrounding the Celtics-Clippers trade deal came pouring in, Bill Simmons went on WEEI for the debut of Celtics Summer Cooler show with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell to discuss the burgeoning rumors.
In the interview, Simmons said that whether or not Doc Rivers was allowed to go to the Clippers in exchange for compensation, he thought Rivers had coached his last game for the Boston Celtics. Since Rivers has a non-compete clause in his contract, Simmons suggested Rivers would be happy to return to the broadcasting booth.
Even though talks have reportedly stalled for the time being, because the trade details became public, both teams may have gone too far to turn back without making this deal. Read more »
The Doc Rivers offseason dance gets crazier with each passing day. Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne reported on ESPN Thursday that Rivers and the Clippers have “strong mutual interest” and, as the LA Times previously reported, Rivers would be the Clippers No. 1 choice for their head coaching position should he leave Boston.
Sources told ESPN.com that Rivers is highly intrigued by the idea of coaching the Clippers in the event that he and the Celtics part company after nine seasons together and one championship in 2008. Sources say that the Clippers, meanwhile, would immediately vault Rivers to the top of their list if he became available as they continue a coaching search that, to this point, has focused on Brian Shaw, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins.
According to the report, the Boston Celtics would not consider releasing Rivers from his contract–3 years, $21 million–to coach another team, unless they received compensation in return. Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe ($) reported that the Celtics would be looking for multiple first round picks over the next few years, or young talent in return. Read more »