HoopsHype Doc Rivers rumors

January 22, 2015 Updates
January 21, 2015 Updates

Doc Rivers will also look to build upon that new spirit and chemistry as the Clippers have two roster openings and may have a third depending on what they do with Jones' 10-day contract. Last season, Rivers was able to sign Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Danny Granger during the buyout seasons, and he expects to sign two veterans again next month. That was a big reason he made the moves that he did to free up the necessary room on a roster that was at the maximum 15 players earlier this month. ESPN.com

January 20, 2015 Updates

Clippers coach Doc Rivers admitted again that a prime reason he left the same job with the Celtics is that he simply wasn’t up for the process the club is undergoing now. “I was afraid of rebuilding,” Rivers said. “I’ve done it. I’ve been through it, and it’s hard. People think rebuilding is easy, and I don’t think they understand how hard it is on a coach. You’re losing games, and any coach that I know — and I know Brad well enough — every game you go into, you convince yourself you’re going to win that night. And you don’t, and then you’re down, and then you build yourself up for the next game, and then you don’t (win). It’s hard. It’s emotionally hard. Even though the big picture is rebuilding, coaches don’t coach to lose games; they coach to win games.” Boston Herald

January 19, 2015 Updates

Ainge has made four deals since Jan. 9, and that’s after trading Rajon Rondo. Rivers, who left because he didn’t want to go through a rebuilding process, believes this bigger dig is the correct path. “It takes time. It’s hard,” he says. “I’ve been through it with Danny. It’s not a one- or two-year build. I knew that when they decided to do it, and Danny did, too. But I think it’s a city that can handle it, because they’ve done it before and people there know the game. You do have to get a little lucky, but, man, they have so many picks. I think they’ve done a masterful job with the way they’re doing it. Danny has put himself into a position to take the risk he wants to take at some point — to gather enough assets to go get that one guy that then gets the second guy that then gets the third guy. Eventually Danny’s going to get that one piece and then that second piece. But they’re set up to do it. Look at all the rebuilding teams, the Celtics are so far ahead of the game than everyone else, in my opinion, from what they’ve done.” Boston Herald

“Where I think I’ve grown already in my own job is that, if I don’t think the right ones are there, I’m moving them,” says Doc, who acquired son Austin in a deal with the Celtics on Friday. “I’m not scared to say I made a mistake. That, if Danny taught me anything, would be No. 1. You can’t do a job being scared to lose your job. If you make a great decision, great. If you make a poor decision, fine ­— now fix it. That’s my attitude. Danny, I thought, had such an advantage over a lot of the other GMs because guys wouldn’t change something if they made a mistake. They didn’t want to look bad. I really believe that’s part of Danny’s genius. And he taught me that you get what you want, or you don’t do the deal.” Boston Herald

But, having seen the way Sterling had fired coaches and then had to be sued to pay the remainder of their guaranteed contracts, Rivers knew enough to get a strong pre-nup. His deal actually called for any contractual discrepancies to be arbitrated by the NBA commissioner, thus avoiding a lengthy and costly court proceeding. "That was the delay, the contract,” says Rivers. “People don’t realize it, but the deal could have been done three weeks before it happened. ... It’s the longest written contract in coaching history. Five different lawyers had to look at it. Even my lawyer sent it to another lawyer. That tells you the hesitation in who I was going to be working for.” Boston Herald

Doc Rivers, another famous old Hawk who now coaches the Los Angeles Clippers, could not have agreed more. "You can see the city is turned on by this team," he said. "It's the way they play that the city loves. It's a lesson to whomever becomes the new owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and to every other owner scratching his head when he reviews his attendance and revenue books. This weird thing called winning basketball, played in a fundamentally sound way with unselfishness ... It turns out, that sells. CBSSports.com

January 17, 2015 Updates

Austin insisted that there's no reason for concern. "If I'm not playing well, he's going to sit me," Austin said. "I'm sitting on the bench. It is what it is. He wants to win. My dad's the type of guy when I was five years old, if we played checkers, he would not let me win. That's just kind of how he is. He's not doing any favors for me. "I've got to earn everything here, and I think the guys know that. If we didn't have the high-character of guys we had here, I don't think we would've made the move. But they're all high-character guys here." USA Today Sports

The justifiable question about his addition, of course, is whether Doc made this move with only the best of intentions for his team or if there was an element of nepotism involved here that could make for a challenging situation. "He fits our team," said Doc Rivers, whose uncle, Jim Brewer, played for the Cavaliers with Carr in the mid-1970s when Mr. Cavalier, as they called Carr, became Doc's favorite. "We had a small opportunity this summer (to get Austin in a trade with the Pelicans), and for me, I was like, 'Ah, I don't know.' But at the end of the day, my job is to do what I think is the best for the team, not the best for me or what's comfortable for me. "We felt like this was (it). That (roster fit) probably swayed me more than the father part swayed me. I can tell you that…As far as the executive (role he plays), I had to think of it in those terms, and it made sense for us." USA Today Sports

"If I'm not playing well, he's going to sit me," Austin said. "I'm sitting on the bench. It is what it is. He wants to win. My dad's the type of guy when I was five years old, if we played checkers, he would not let me win. That's just kind of how he is. He's not doing any favors for me. "I've got to earn everything here, and I think the guys know that. If we didn't have the high-character of guys we had here, I don't think we would've made the move. But they're all high-character guys here." USA Today Sports

Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers became the first father-son coach-player duo in NBA history on Friday after Austin was traded to the Clippers in a three-team deal on Thursday. Doc and Austin downplayed any possibility of nepotism before the game, with Austin saying his dad wouldn’t make this move or play him just because he’s his son. “My dad is too focused on his thing for that to even be an issue;that's almost a disrespectful thing to my dad," Austin said. "My dad would never, ever play me over somebody because I'm his son. If I'm not playing well, I'm sitting on the bench. He wants to win. My dad's the type of guy when I was 5 years old, we played checkers and he would not let me win.” ESPN.com

January 16, 2015 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.