Doc Rivers Will Never Stop Being Doc Rivers
Wrote about Doc Rivers, who is still letting Coach Doc’s desires drive GM Doc’s decision-making. An excerpt:
And sure, Rivers finally got his two-way small forward. But that small forward is Danilo Gallinari, who has missed at least 19 games due to injury in each of the last four seasons and has played in only 64 percent of his team’s games during the course of his career. Gallo is also more of a power forward in today’s NBA, especially on defense, where he struggles at times to keep up with quicker wing players. Oh, and Rivers acquired Gallo in a sign-and-trade, which means he has once again subjected his team to the hard-cap. And he gave up the first-rounder that was acquired in the CP3 trade in order to do it.
For the lead decision-maker of a team that already owes a future first-rounder to the Celtics and will be paying large salaries to at least three players, Rivers does not seem to value young, cost-controlled talent very much. Since coming to L.A. in 2013, he has already sent former first-rounders Reggie Bullock and C.J. Wilcox packing, the 2017 pick to the Bucks to dump Jared Dudley’s contract because he accidentally hard-capped the team by signing Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar (both of whom almost immediately fell out of the rotation and were later dumped themselves), and the 2019 pick to Memphis for Jeff Green in an effort to solve the small forward problem he himself created by dumping Dudley. That’s in addition to the Clippers’ 2015 pick going to Boston as the price of acquiring Rivers’ services in the first place.
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