Anyone in my business who has ever held a microphone or digital recorder loves Doc Rivers. He is personable, quotable and (mostly) available, and he is a hell of a basketball coach.

But it is impossible to feel good about his leaving the Boston Celtics for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The problem is that no one is wrong for pursuing this. There's no one to "blame." But the result isn't easy to swallow.
The deal, completed in principle Sunday night, will allow Rivers to get out of the rest of his five-year, $35 million contract with the Celtics in order to go to the Clippers. L.A. will send an unprotected 2015 first-round pick to Boston as compensation. Rivers will get a three-year, $21 million deal from the Clippers, a compromise by both sides.
A source indicated that Rivers will also have more say about basketball decisions with the Clippers than he did in Boston, where he had a good relationship with Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. But Ainge nonetheless had the final say.
The agreement ended an on-again, off-again saga that took more than a week to conclude and occasionally upstaged the recently concluded NBA Finals. Rivers' increasing angst about whether he wanted to remain in Boston dovetailed with the Clippers' need to hire a top-shelf coach to keep star free agent Chris Paul happy.
"Everyone wanted this to happen," a source involved in the talks said Sunday night.
Trades for coaches have occurred about a half-dozen times in NBA history, most recently in 2007 when the Heat received compensation for allowing Stan Van Gundy to go to the Orlando Magic.
In 1983, the Chicago Bulls sent a second-round draft pick to Atlanta as compensation for coach Kevin Loughery. The Hawks used that pick, oddly enough, to select Glenn "Doc" Rivers with the 31st overall pick.