Can a coach work doubling as a front-office executive? The answer is relatively boring: It depends on the guy. What we’ve found in Los Angeles though, is that it’s not working so far for Doc Rivers and the Clippers. I wrote about just that at Bleacher Report. Click here to read the full article. Here is an excerpt:
Not to harp on Doc’s first major move as an exec, something that happened more than a year ago, but the disaster of the Eric Bledsoe trade (which sent away Bledsoe, Caron Butler’s $8 million expiring contract and a future second-rounder for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley) is still hurting the Clippers today, and not because Bled has become one of the league’s feistiest combo guards, a development any Clips fan could’ve guaranteed you was inevitable over the past three years.
In reality, this deal isn’t in the past, because it set off a series of transactions still reverberating within the organization.
The Clippers had to attach a 2017 first-round pick just to unload Dudley’s contract this summer after the former Phoenix Sun had an underwhelming sole season in L.A. And what did they get back for him? Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica, whom they promptly released.
Yes, for a first-round pick that is only top-14 protected from 2017 through 2019, the Clippers received menial cap space, room they needed because giving Hawes the MLE imposed a hard cap on their roster.
Each move relates to the next.