Negotiations with the Boston Celtics have seemingly fallen apart, as the Los Angeles Clippers are "moving forward without Doc Rivers," according to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times. The team will now prepare to offer the job to Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw or former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins soon.
In a story that moved quickly throughout Saturday, the Clippers and Celtics reportedly opened negotiations on a package deal that would send Rivers and big man Kevin Garnett to L.A. Expanded deals involving Paul Pierce also may have been explored, but it appears the two sides ultimately couldn't reach an agreement.
With Rivers seemingly out of the equation, the Clippers will now move forward with hiring one of the top candidates from their search to replace Vinny Del Negro. Shaw and Hollins are both highly regarded coaches in the league, but the Clippers clearly felt compelled to feel out the Rivers/KG scenario before ultimately passing.
By hiring Hollins or Shaw, Los Angeles retains some key assets for other possible deals -- Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler's expiring contract, draft picks and cash. Possible alternative targets could include Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo and Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger, as USA Today's Sam Amick notes.