Doc to the Lakers? It might have happened

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Doc to the Lakers? It might have happened

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

The Boston Celtics had plenty of reasons to try and lock Doc Rivers up to a long-term deal, including keeping him from being a target of their biggest rival - the Los Angeles Lakers.

Phil Jackson kept his word and stepped down as Lakers head coach after they were swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks.

On Wednesday, the Lakers hired former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown.

If the Celtics had not signed Rivers to a five-year, 35 million contract earlier this month, there's a very good chance the Lakers would have made a run after him.

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck cited that among the many reasons why the C's brass felt the need to offer Rivers a long-term contract instead of something shorter.

"I just looked at him, with my partners . . . we don't want to be interviewing a bunch of other guys," Grousbeck said to WEEI at a charity event for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund. "This is a guy, we'd like to have him stay."

The C's didn't get Rivers' deal done until after the Celtics were eliminated by the Miami Heat in five games, but Grousbeck said on Wednesday he would have liked to have had it completed sooner.

"I thought we should have done it the week off, between New York and Miami," Grousbeck said. "Get it done so we're not in a bidding war with the Lakers and everyone else at the end of the season."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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0:41 - Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles recap their thoughts on drafting Jayson Tatum and trade rumors involving the Celtics.

6:21 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to discuss if it would be worth trading for Paul George as a one-year rental and if there would be a chance he could still around long-term if traded to Boston.

11:13 - Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Rick Porcello’s outing, the Red Sox offense coming to life, and Doug Fister being claimed by the Red Sox. 

15:10 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely look back at the Celtics/Nets trade, what the assets have turned into, and if Danny Ainge has done a good job turning those assets into players. 

Jae Crowder was liking a lot of negative tweets while Paul George rumors swirled

Jae Crowder was liking a lot of negative tweets while Paul George rumors swirled

While rumors were swirling about a possible Paul George deal on draft night, a bunch of people were tweeting at Jae Crowder, ready to send him to Indiana in a deal.

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Crowder, who isn't shy on social media, liked the series of tweets, perhaps saving them as motivation for later.

Crowder had a couple noteworthy moments on Twitter this past season. The first was when he fired back at Celtics fans after the TD Garden cheered for Jazz forward Gordon Hayward. He also exchanged comments with Devin Booker after the Suns guard's 70-point game against the Celtics