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While the Los Angeles Clippers only won 42 games this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011, some think this was Doc Rivers‘ best coaching job given the circumstances of which he was dealt.
Chris Paul forced a trade to the Houston Rockets last summer, ending the Lob City era. Then, the Clippers traded All-Star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons at the February trade deadline, just six months after the club re-signed the high-flyer to a five-year max deal.
The Clippers were plagued by injuries all year long. They threw out a league-high 37 different starting lineups in 2017-18 and were forced to rely on no-name players to help carry the load.
The one constant, though, was Rivers, who didn’t have to deal with any locker room issues anymore with the departure of Paul and Griffin and was able to get his word across through players who played hard for him.
Rivers is entering the final year of his contract next season, but it appears he and owner Steve Ballmer are working toward an extension.
“Although nothing has been made official, all indications are that Rivers and Ballmer have reached an agreement on a multiyear extension that will keep Rivers here for a remodeling job that will begin soon. This is big. This is cornerstone big. This is the Clippers setting the foundation for the post Lob City era with a guy who is coaching even better now than when he led them through the Donald Sterling crisis upon his arrival five years ago.”
The Clippers are most likely entering a rebuild, as they don’t have the talent to contend in the rugged Western Conference.
The future of center DeAndre Jordan is up in the air as well, as Jordan can become an unrestricted free-agent once July 1 hits.