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The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers may have a mutual interest, according to Hall-of-Fame NBA writer Peter Vecsey.
The Lakers, of course, are expected to part ways with current coach Luke Walton after the season — their first with LeBron James on the team. Barring a basketball miracle, the Lakers won’t be in the playoffs.
“According to a confidant, he almost always has wanted to leash the Lakers,” Vecsey wrote on his Patreon page. “In conversations over the years, Doc frequently expressed an ardent ambition to coach either them, or the Knicks before retiring, if for no other motivation than their worldwide brands.”
Rivers, 57, signed a contract extension at the end of last season and the Clippers are a playoff team. Many around the league feel he has done his best coaching job yet, keeping the Clippers in playoff contention despite some major changes to the roster.
But the lure of coaching LeBron may be able to draw him away, should the Lakers be able to come up with what would surely require compensation to the Clippers.
Rivers has also coached the Orlando Magic (1999-2003) and Boston Celtics (2004-13). He won a title with the Celtics in 2008.
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