24 June 2013

Why both sides will benefit from the Doc Rivers deal

We have seen the first big trade of the 2013 NBA offseason, but the key mover is a coach instead of a player. The courtship of Doc Rivers has now come to an end as he will now move from Beantown to the City of Angels as the Clippers agreed to send their unprotected first-round selection in the 2015 draft to the Celtics in exchange for Rivers. While it was an unusual and largely unprecented deal, here is why it will be beneficial to both Boston and Los Angeles.

It is always tough for a club to let loose a coach with the caliber of that of Rivers, who led the Celtics to their first NBA championship in over 20 years back in 2008. But given Rivers' high salary, a five-year deal worth seven million per signed two years ago when Rivers was thought to be seriously considering the club, as well as the team's upcoming rebuilding process as both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are in the twilight of their careers, it makes sense for the club to move on. Now they can save some cash and now have an unprotected first round pick in a couple years, one that could be a high pick if the Clippers falter in two years.

Speaking of the Clippers, they also benefit greatly in this deal, and not just in having an great coach for the first time in a very long time, this deal also means that, barring something unexpected, that Chris Paul will stay with the Clips. After all, it was reported that Paul had pushed the Clippers' management to continue their pursuit of Rivers this past week. Now while the Clippers did win 56 games under Del Negro, there are some potential issues over whether some players are merely interested in exciting the masses, as Dan Devine of Ball Don't Lie pointed out. And who knows, maybe the Clippers are not done with their wheeling-and-dealing.

All in all, there are plenty of reasons for both sides to be happy as now Boston can go forward with building for the future while the Clippers can run down a championship. That doesn't too happy, now does it?

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