LA Clippers Reportedly Denied Permission to Interview Doc Rivers

After news emerged that the LA Clippers and Doc Rivers have mutual interest, there’s now word that the Boston Celtics have denied the Clippers permission to talk to their head coach. Per the Boston Herald: “According to a source, Celtics president Danny Ainge denied a request from the Clippers to talk to Rivers earlier this week. As reported in today’s Herald, the Celtics coach is now said to be open to other coaching possibilities after initially saying he would either coach his team of the last nine years or take time off. But Ainge has adamantly turned down all official outreach. He has now said no to two teams – the Nets and Clippers. A third team, Memphis, is also said to be interested in talking to Rivers, though that organization has not contacted Celtics management. … Rivers, who was in San Antonio earlier this week for meetings of the NBA’s competition committee, was unable to attend today’s pre-draft workouts in Waltham due to flight delays, though he reportedly put in every effort to be there. Rivers had been present at virtually every workout prior to today.”