The Clippers put themselves back on the map, completing their rebuild in silence
May 31, 2019, 5:22 pmDoc RiversTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have been fined $50,000 for violating the league's anti-tampering rules.
Doc Rivers compared Kawhi Leonard to Michael Jordan on ESPN ahead of Game 1 on Thursday. The Clippers have been thirsting after Kawhi all season long and appear ready to do whatever it takes now that the Raptors have made a strong case for Leonard re-upping with a serious title contender. It's unlikely that this is the last of LA's public flirtation with Leonard.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 9:11 pmMike BudenholzerCoach, Milwaukee Bucks
Mike Budenholzer, Doc Rivers and Mike Malone have been named the finalists for this year’s Coach of the Year award.
This might be the toughest of the awards to handicap as all three had monumental success with their teams this season. Despite what might be the best coaching job of Rivers’ career, Budenholzer looks like the favorite as he led the middle-of-the-pack Bucks to the NBA’s best record this season.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
June 21, 2018, 1:36 pmDoc RiversTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
USA Today's Sam Amick is hearing that the Clippers are getting "itchy" with picks Nos. 12 and 13.
The Clippers could do very well to set themselves up for the future by grabbing two future pillars back-to-back, but it's also been rumored that they could trade in either direction — up for a higher lottery pick or down for more future assets or an immediate help. L.A. is in a unique position tonight and will be the gatekeepers as the draft winds towards the middle of the first round.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
June 15, 2018, 3:26 pmDoc RiversTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
It's being reported that the Clippers will be "aggressive trade bidders" in Kawhi Leonard talks.
As expected, with Los Angeles at the heart of Leonard's trade request. His camp decided to go through the media rather than tell the Spurs first so San Antonio hasn't done much prep at the moment, but you can expect that interested teams are lining up already. The Lakers remain Leonard's preferred destination but the Clippers aren't far behind as he apparently wants to play in his hometown. The Clippers probably can't offer up the same caliber of assets as the Lakers, but perhaps San Antonio wants to defend against enabling a superteam in Purple and Gold.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 23, 2018, 2:38 pmDoc RiversTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
Clippers agreed to a contract extension with head coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday.
Rivers had one year left on his deal, but it remains unclear on the number of years for the extension. Doc led the Clippers to a tenth place finish in the Western Conference this past year which was considered an accomplishment considering they traded away both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. They've elected to give him another chance and they are surely hoping keeping Doc around gives them a better chance at some marquee free agents like Paul George and LeBron James. If they fail to land anyone significant then their roster is bound for another mid place finish in the Western Conference unless they choose to tank or can pull off a trade for a star like Kawhi Leonard.
Source: Mark Stein on Twitter
May 6, 2018, 12:44 pmDoc RiversTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
Doc Rivers is nearing a multi-year contract extension with the Clippers.
Although the Clippers failed to make the playoffs, owner Steve Ballmer still believes that Rivers did a great job given all of the adversity they dealt with this season. The Clippers will have plenty of cap space this offseason with DeAndre Jordan likely opting-out of his contract, so they'll likely be pushing for some of the top-end free agents. The only problem is, they aren't the premier team in Los Angeles so they'll have to beat out the Lakers for a ton of the high-end free agents.
Source: Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2018, 10:55 amDoc RiversTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
Doc Rivers and Dave Joerger are expected to keep their jobs for next season according to David Aldridge.
Joerger hasn't received any heat in public reporting or even among sources of ours so there's no surprise there. He gave veterans too many minutes and it slowed development of players because of how dominantly those underperforming veterans were impacting the way the game was played. Still, he's a good coach and the team's trajectory was generally positive. Rivers, on the other hand, still doesn't seem totally safe despite this report and has been rumored to be on his way out. Aldridge is a reliable reporter so we'll see once the team weighs in.
Source: David Aldridge on Twitter
March 8, 2018, 4:53 pmJawun EvansPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Jawun Evans has been upgraded to questionable for Friday’s game against the Cavaliers with a sore abdomen.
Evans has been out since January 20 with a sore lower abdomen and although he was upgraded to questionable, Doc Rivers said he does not think Evans will play Friday. Evans is not a fantasy option.
Source: Lucas Hann on Twitter
February 28, 2018, 8:52 amDoc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers
According to a former Rivers’ associate, it’s not far-fetched for the one-time Knicks’ guard to have interest in the team’s coaching job if Jeff Hornacek is let go after the season.
Rivers has one year left on his contract that reportedly pays him about $10 million per season and he’d likely seek an extension in the offseason. Since he’s under contract, compensation in the form of a draft pick would be in order if Knicks’ president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry attempted to pursue Rivers. The Clippers are making an impressive run for the playoffs and the team’s consultant Jerry West said last week that Rivers deserves coach of the year consideration for blending newcomers. This is obviously far from a guarantee that Rivers returns next year so expect for this story to reemerge once the season is over.
Source: NY Post
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