On Thursday, it was reported that Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers have "mutual" interest.
According to the Boston Herald, C's GM Danny Ainge denied the Clippers permission to talk with Rivers. But if Rivers ultimately wants out of Boston, he can't be held hostage here. That means the Celtics could be in the market for a new head coach for the first time in nine years.
The Herald reports that one of the coaches that will rise to the top of the list is former Clippers head coach and Springfield, MA native, Vinny Del Negro, according to two of their sources. That's right, the C's and Clips could be swapping coaches for next season.
One source told the Herald: “As a stopgap for that situation, sure. Vinny would be the perfect person for what they need. All of the all-star coaches, or whatever you want to call them, are going, and knowing how Danny feels about him, (Del Negro) would be a good fit."
Del Negro was fired by the Clippers after a first round exit at the hands of the Grizzlies this season. He finished with a 128-102 record in three seasons with the Clippers. There were reports that he and Chris Paul didn't see eye-to-eye, and that firing Del Negro was the first step in ensuring that Paul, a free agent on July 1, would re-sign with the Clippers. Paul was reportedly upset at being blamed for Del Negro's firing, and the Clippers later denied his or any player involvement in the decision.