After it was reported that the trade talks between the Celtics and Clippers had momentarily stalled, it is apparent that Doc Rivers found himself stuck. If this trade did not go through how could he come back and coach the Celtics now? Would the players still respect him or take him seriously after he tried to bail on them? The fans certainly wouldn't. This is Boston, one of the most loyal yet ruthless fan bases in the country who don't take kindly to "traitors" (See: Ray Allen, Johnny Damon, Eric Mangini, and Roger Clemens). Now Doc isn't taking the Lakers head coaching job but it's the Clippers and regardless of the team, according to reports, he is clearly trying to leave the Celtics and take all the valuable assets he can with him. This is not going over well in Boston, where the general sense among the sports world is that he has now reached the point of no return, even if the trade does not go through.
The significance of this development is that now Ainge is willing to back off his initial demand of wanting Eric Bledsoe just so that the trade will go through. My guess is he realizes that now Doc is gone no matter what because of this unbelievable tirade that is ending up leaving the Celtics in a mediocre position, therefore he is looking to get anything out of him. Nevertheless, no matter how you look at it, if the Celtics don't get Bledsoe or get rid of both Lee's and Terry's contracts, Ainge is bailing Doc out and you can rest assured the fan base will not appreciate that.
Ainge better have a plan because giving up KG, Doc, and potentially Pierce to the Clippers while getting almost nothing back will not make this team better or even give them a strong base to rebuild. Whatever happens, trade or no trade, it certainly looks as if we are headed for a rebuilding project in the Celtics organization and we can only hope Danny Ainge and the front office have the conviction to not back down, like they are with this trade, and hopefully put a solid team together that can compete in the future.