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The Los Angeles Clippers and Doc Rivers have expressed “strong mutual interest” in seeing Rivers fill the team’s open head coaching position, sources close to the situation told ESPN’s Marc Stein and Romona Shelburne Thurdsay.
This comes on the heels of Wednesday’s report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard that Rivers may not return for a 10th season with the Celtics.
"Doc loves coaching,” Broussard said a source close to Rivers told him. “He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change."
Rivers signed a five-year, $35 million extension after the 2010-11 season and said at the time that he was committed to the potential long-term rebuilding of the Celtics’ roster. According to Stein and Shelburne, a source close to the situation said Thursday “that the Celtics do not expect any decisions on the futures of Garnett or Pierce to be made before the NBA Draft on June 27.”
Following their first round exit from the Eastern Conference playoffs in May, Rivers said of his future: "I'm coming back until I say I'm not."
According to Thursday’s report, the Clippers have not yet formally requested permission to interview Rivers, who played one season for the Clippers on the franchise's first L.A. playoff team in 1991-92.
Los Angeles fired veteran coach Vinny Del Negro in May and were reportedly scheduled to interview former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins on Thursday, a source with knowledge of the situation told Shelburne.
Brian Shaw and Byron Scott were also interviewed earlier in the week.