By Jerry Wein
Okay, so Sixers big boss Daryl Morey sat next to Doc Rivers in a joint end-of-season press conference, and when asked if Rivers would coach the team next season he said “yes.”
It was an unequivocal show of support for Rivers.
Still, the Lakers are holding out hope Rivers may become available and jump to the front of their coaching search, reports Marc Stein in his latest newsletter. Stein also said the field may still be larger than the three reported finalists for the job: Darvin Ham, Terry Stotts, and Kenny Atkinson:
One source close to the situation told me over the weekend that the list of coaches under consideration by the Lakers is “still wider” than the reported trio of Ham, Stotts and Atkinson…
Suspicions persist in league coaching circles that the Lakers have not completely abandoned hope that Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers becomes unexpectedly available — despite the recent insistence from Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey that Rivers will be back in Philly next season.
Rivers has three years, $24 million in guaranteed money still on his contract in Philly, and he is not tossing that aside unless he has a guaranteed landing spot with more years and more money available.
Coaches can be traded, but are the Lakers giving up a future first-round pick (the likely price) for a coach?