So apparently Danny Ainge does have some backup plans to Doc Rivers leaving. Though they may not be the plans that we would all hope for.
Two league sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed yesterday that if Rivers does indeed leave, former Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro will receive serious consideration as his replacement.
"Vinnie made about $1 million in his last year with the Clippers, so he’s affordable. That’s the way the league is going. Some of these guys, like (Ryan) McDonough, are being paid like head scouts," the source said of the former Celtics assistant general manager, who is now Suns GM. "The trend is going that way with coaches, too. Vinnie would be the perfect coach for that situation." Ultimately, though, the source expects Rivers to return for one simple reason — the Celtics are the only team willing to pay him that annual $7 million salary.
I'm sorry, but can anyone see Rajon Rondo respecting and listening to Del Negro?
If we are going to have to go "cheap" with a new coach, how about getting an up and coming assistant coach?
Anyway, here's hoping Doc stays. Now for even more reasons.