Doc Rivers is looking forward to a busy offseason for the Clippers
The veteran head coach talked about the impending free agency of his three starters and admitted, per an article by the Associated Press via SportsNet, that he doesn’t know what their decision will be. After the Clippers’ first round exit against the Utah Jazz, there is now growing belief that Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick may no longer re-sign with the team.
“I don’t know. I think they deserve a chance to win. They have built this legacy. I do believe that. Whether that’s what we decide to do that or not. There’s a big part of me that believes (in them). These guys are responsible for the birth of our franchise in a lot of ways. They consider themselves Clippers. … I would love them to shepherd that through. Whether that happens or not, it’s too early to make all those decisions or they’ll make them for us. But I do have a strong believe in that.”
Rivers then revealed what he thinks his team needs to add in order to contend with the top teams in the Western Conference. He also shared what keeps him going and where he thinks they will be headed.
“We need length. We need more length and two-way players. Again, that’s easy to say. Little harder to do with the way our contracts are. We may continue to do what we’ve done or we may decide to change our contracts and have more flexibility.”
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m a driven human being. I can tell you I do this for one reason and that is to be the winner. I decided a while ago I no longer want to be in the party I want to be the party. Like I tell my players, when you set yourself up that way, you’re going to have a ton of disappointment. I told them that four years ago. Unfortunately, so far I’ve been right. It’s the only way to go, as far as I’m concerned.”
There are definitely plenty of questions to be answered for the Clippers this summer, and their situation is worth keeping an eye on. They are expected to be one of busiest teams and it will be interesting to find out how things will unfold for Rivers and company.