Report: Rivers was contributing factor to why Paul left LA

It is well-documented that Chris Paul and Doc Rivers‘ relationship soured toward the end of Paul’s tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The two stopped seeing eye-to-eye and Paul was reportedly upset that Rivers didn’t trade his son, guard Austin Rivers, for Carmelo Anthony when a deal was supposedly on the table.

Paul, of course, is now with the Houston Rockets and flourishing, as Houston has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and Paul and James Hardehave become an unstoppable dynamic duo.

Rivers and the Clippers, meanwhile, will miss the postseason for the first time since 2011 (Paul’s first season in LA) and there are questions as to whether Rivers will come back.

ESPN senior writer Kevin Arnovitz recently published a long-form piece on Rivers and his run with the Clippers, and in the column, he cited some sources saying multiple former players place blame on Rivers for the demise of the franchise.

The most noteworthy newsbit was Paul meeting with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer after the trade to Houston was completed. Ballmer wanted to meet with Paul and ask him why he wanted to be traded and sources say Paul told Ballmer that Rivers was one of the main contributing factors on why he left.