In the last few weeks there had been rumors that the Clippers would solve their head coaching absence through the acquisition of Doc Rivers, of the Boston Celtics. Howeever, these trade negotiations have been on-again, off-again, but as of yesterday, have hit a more permanent snag.
With this door closed, the Clippers have needed to look for another alternative, and appear to be negotiating with Byron Scott. Apparently, Clippers president Andy Roeser, has set financial parameters of the deal. According to ESPN, the Clippers intend on interviewing other candidates, Brain Shaw and Lionel Hollins.
The main reason why Scott makes sense is because of Chris Paul. Paul had been pressuring the organization into signing Rivers,
threatening departure from the team. Byron Scott and Paul have had good experiences with each other, as Scott coached a young Chris Paul in New Orleans. Apparently they also have golfed and gone out to eat on a man date recently.
From the Rivers talks, we know that the Clippers will do whatever it takes to keep Paul from leaving. His departure would severely cripple the team, as most of their offense came from Paul or by Paul’s ability to lob it up to the twin towers, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. So while the Clipper’s front office will determine how much they pay their next coach, Chris Paul will decide who coaches.