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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 18, 2015 Updates

“Absolutely,” forward Blake Griffin told Cowbell Kingdom when asked if Cousins is an All-Star. “The way he’s played is incredible and you can’t deny his production, his numbers. You saw what happened when he wasn’t playing, but I say this every year – there are guys that deserve to play in the All-Star game that unfortunately don’t get to play in the All-Star game.” Cowbell Kingdom

One of the more interesting aspects of the Rivers deal was that he does not currently have an agent, according to the NBA Players Association. Rivers spent his early career with David Falk, who also represents ex-Celtic Jeff Green and current Celtic Jared Sullinger, but he broke ties with the agent. Rivers will become an unrestricted free agent this summer and will spend the next three months trying to increase his marketability. Doc Rivers is also the Clippers’ general manager and has the power to re-sign his son to an extension. How that develops should be fascinating. Boston Globe

January 17, 2015 Updates

Ken Berger: As Tayshaun Prince prepares to meet with Celtics to discuss future, the Clippers have registered interest in acquiring him, source says. If Prince doesn't want to stay in Boston, the Celtics would pursue trade avenues before agreeing to buyout, source said. Twitter @KBergCBS

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

Farmar’s job was to be the backup point guard behind Chris Paul after Darren Collison signed with the Sacramento Kings. “I just never felt I had a real role,” Farmar said. “We talked in the offseason about what my job was going to be. The opportunity just wasn’t the same. It was never time for me to really ever get going and feel comfortable and feel like I had a place on the team.” Los Angeles Times

Farmar was asked if it was true that Rivers was hardest on the guard than anyone else on the team. “You’re correct saying that,” Farmar said. “I would assume that. I’ve been doing this for a long time. For whatever reason, and I can’t really put my finger on it, but it just wasn’t a great fit. On paper, initially it looked really good. It was different in reality – I would probably say from both of our perspectives. So that’s why at the end of the day, we both agreed mutually to go our separate ways.” Los Angeles Times

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

The 22-year-old guard averaged 6.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds off the bench in 35 games with New Orleans. The Pelicans were 13 1/2 games back in the West standings Friday night, while the Clippers were 6 1/2 behind before they hosted Cleveland. Austin Rivers became the first player in NBA history to play for his father. "History, oh great," Doc said beforehand. "I don't really care about that. I want to win and make our team better." So does his son. "I was really excited because this is a playoff, championship-caliber team," Austin said. "I can score the ball and play-make. That's something the team needs in the second unit." USA Today Sports

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