Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principle to a deal that would make Rivers the new Clippers’ coach, league sources told the Globe Sunday. Here’s a quick list of some candidates to replace him.
George Karl: Recently fired by the Denver Nuggets, Karl was the NBA’s Coach of the Year but had a falling out with the team over his future and a contract extension.
Vinny Del Negro: A friend of Rivers, Del Negro (above, with Lamar Odom) will receive serious consideration for the Celtics job should Rivers leave, sources have told the Herald. Del Negro has had tumultuous stints with the Bulls and Clippers.
Stan Van Gundy: Best known for his public feuding with Dwight Howard in Orlando, Van Gundy has had successful stints with the Heat and Magic, and he possesses both a sharp wit and basketball mind. He has local ties, having coached UMass-Lowell from 1988-92.
Jeff Van Gundy: Stan’s brother has a pretty good gig as ABC’s lead NBA analyst, and it’s a long shot that the more lucrative coaching profession could lure him back in.
Brian Shaw: Shaw was a strong candidate until the Denver Nuggets hired him Monday. The longtime assistant coach finally gets his shot at a head coaching job.
Lionel Hollins: The former Grizzlies coach did wonders with the likes of Tony Allen and Marc Gasol, turning Memphis into one of the best defensive teams in the league. That’s a philosophy that fits well with what Celtics president Danny Ainge is trying to do.
J.B. Bickerstaff: The architect of the Houston Rockets’ free-form offense, Bickerstaff could make the Celtics attractive to free agents, provided Kevin McHale would give him up.
David Fizdale: Hiring the assistant coach and director of player development for the Heat would be a shot across the bow of Boston’s biggest rival.