Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 10:55 am  |  19 responses

Boston Celtics to Reportedly Consider Vinny Del Negro if Doc Rivers Leaves

“Worst.Idea.Ever.” That, more than likely, is what Boston Celtics fans are thinking this very moment. According to the Boston Herald, the C’s will strongly consider replacing Doc Rivers (if he bolts, perhaps to the LA Clippers) with Vinny Del Negro: “Two league sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed yesterday that if Rivers does indeed leave, former Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro will receive serious consideration as his replacement. Clippers management, known to be interested in Rivers now that his reluctance has become public, was denied permission to talk to him earlier this week, according to one of the sources. Celtics management has now denied two teams permission — the Clippers and Nets. Memphis is also said to be interested, though Grizzlies management has not approached Ainge. But Rivers’ prolonged deliberation has forced Ainge to at least consider alternatives. The Celtics president of basketball operations is an admirer of the Springfield-born Del Negro and his up-tempo philosophy, even if Del Negro reportedly didn’t mesh with his biggest star, Chris Paul. ‘As a stopgap for that situation, sure,’ said one source. ‘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.’ Though Ainge could also turn to a member of Rivers’ Celtics staff as a short-term solution, that course of action is said to be secondary. But the Celtics are unlikely to pay much for their next coach. Rivers signed a five-year, $35 million contract two years ago, making him the highest paid coach in the NBA. San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich averages $1 million less per season than Rivers. ‘Vinny made about $1 million in his last year with the Clippers, so he’s affordable. That’s the way the league is going. Some of these guys, like (Ryan) McDonough, are being paid like head scouts,’ the source said of the former Celtics assistant general manager, who is now Suns GM. ‘The trend is going that way with coaches, too. Vinny would be the perfect coach for that situation.’ Ultimately, though, the source expects Rivers to return for one simple reason — the Celtics are the only team willing to pay him that annual $7 million salary. ‘I don’t think (Rivers) can take a pass on that money,’ he said. ‘If I were him, I’d want to come back and then get fired. Nine years really is a long time to be in one place.’”

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  • Otis

    Genius strategy! Hire a terrible coach, and you can tank without it looking like you’re tanking!

  • OfftheWall87

    Yeah, he and Rondo will work out very well.

  • Matisse

    George Karl. Brian Shaw. Lionel Hollins. And your going to choose this dolt?

  • uqk

    wiggins or jabari?

  • bike

    This a gotta be killing Ewing. He must be thinking the league is now trending to affordable, short, white coaches and he will never get his chance.

  • shockexchange

    So the Clippers are interested in Doc and the Celtics are interested in Vinny who the Clippers fired. The Grizzlies want George Karl who Denver fired. Does that mean Lionel Hollins is the front runner for the Nuggets job? When will these “above average” teams finally figure out that Phil Jackson is not interested?

  • berkamore

    Gotta hand it to VDN. That guy may not be a great coach but he sure seems to know how to get a job.

    There are only 30 head coaching jobs in the League and a handful open at any given time, LOTS of good candidates and VDN might get himself hired. Man, there might be more to that guy than meets the eye. LOL.

  • Mike Gilbert

    They are tanking for Wiggins

  • Mike Gilbert

    def the hair

  • BIG ED

    Maybe C’s and Clips can workout a trade for the coaches

  • robb

    lol, man these Boston guys are great pranksters. Not even Jim Buss would do such a think c’mon.

  • robb

    *thing. (again?)

  • spit hot fiyah

    can someone please keep an eye on bill simmons

  • roscoe

    you can’t blame them… they have to prove to the fan base they are trying, right?

  • shockexchange

    Sco Sco … Sco it’s like dating – you know what ya got, but you don’t know what you ‘gon get if you switch. The Shock Exchange hopes the Grizzlies miss the playoffs next year. That’ll serve them right for discarding Rudy Gay and Lionel Hollins.

  • KingBenjamin

    What’s with coaches possibly getting traded for one another?

    Grizzlies trade Hollins to the Nuggets for Karl

    Celtics trade Rivers to the Clippers for Del Negro.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i am going to lose my mind.

  • Ben Ireland

    I really wish I could see Bill Simmons’ face when he reads this.