The Los Angeles Clippers are facing a summer of uncertainty with top players Chris Paul and Blake Griffin headed for free agency. Years of frustration may have caught up with the franchise’s front office, giving fire to talks of Doc Rivers potentially bolting the team.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported on that possibility, with the Orlando Magic as a probable destination for Rivers. He began his coaching career with the Magic where he spent five seasons, reaching the playoffs three times.
It would be a huge blow to the Clippers as Doc Rivers also hold a front office position, being the team’s President of Basketball Operations. However, in a recent report by the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner, Rivers quickly dismissed the rumors himself.
“I can tell you I had a past with the Magic,” Rivers said. “I have no future. My future is here.”
“I want to make this a place where it’s a pride of place,” Rivers said. “I haven’t accomplished that yet. And that’s my goal. That drives me, to make this a destination that people want to come to and you have pride in. I think we’ve improved it greatly, but it’s still not. … I haven’t reached my goal at all, and I’m fully aware of that.”
This bodes well for the Clippers as Rivers’ savvy and ability to connect with players is an essential trait for an individual in his position.
With him reaffirming his loyalty, the next important item on his list as a team executive is ensuring that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin continue to draw fans to Staples Center 41 times every year.