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Meet the New Boss: Doc Rivers to Run Clipper Organization

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

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It’s a new age in Clipper Nation.

SportsCity has learned Doc Rivers will not only become coach, he’ll take control of the basketball operation without title, like Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.

The Kevin Garnett deal is dead, according to sources close to both teams.

In other words, the NBA lawyers as much as told both teams, don’t bother us with this one again.

Paul Pierce, on the other hand, may still be a possibility.

The Celtics are expected to exercise their option to buy out Pierce’s last season at $15 million for $5 million.

The decision to save $10 million would be of Boston’s sole volition.

If the NBA’s position on Pierce can’t be assumed, a league source says the Pierce and Garnett cases are different.

Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler are expected to be packaged in a draft-day trade for Orlando’s Arron Aflallo, addressing the Clipper need for a shooting guard.

With less likelihood of finding a high post center to clear room underneath for Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan figures to remain the starter.

Meanwhile, the Clips will look for a three-point shooting power forward—a “stretch four.”

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Mark Heisler, an NBA Hall of Fame writer and 2006 winner of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award, writes for Sheridanhoops.com, HoopsHype.com, TruthDig.com and Huffingtonpost.com, as well as Lakers Nation. | Follow @MarkHeisler

  • Taylor

    “Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler are expected to be packaged in a draft-day trade for Orlando’s Arron Aflallo, addressing the Clipper need for a shooting guard.”

    But creating a huge hole at SF.

    • Tike Myson

      huge? lol. if they retain barnes they will be more than fine

  • Matt Galvin

    They can use a Draft Pick on SF or also get Hedo back in Trade

  • http://www.recklesscognition.tumblr.com/ Reckless Cognition

    How do you say he’s going get traded on draft night and not include any sources? You just throw it out there like it’s your opinion but don’t man up to it.

  • Yanni C

    This rumor has been knocked down by sources and with due reason. Bledsoe is worth a lot more than Aflallo ! The Clippers will get more value for Bledsoe if they do indeed move him. ( its been rumored that several teams are willing to trade for him.)

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