Doc Rivers shoots down rumor he could head to Orlando as coach and/or GM

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Speculation about what the Clippers will do this summer if/when they exit the playoffs in the first couple of rounds again is an NBA pastime right now. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and J.J. Redick will all be free agents. Will the Clippers just pay them all and run it back again with the same core lineup? Trade for Carmelo Anthony?

One of the questions is will coach and team president Doc Rivers be back in the same role? There are rumors he could be bound for Orlando, a team expected to have a front office shakeup of its own.

Saturday night, Rivers shot that idea down. From Jovan Buha of ESPN.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers shot down a question about him possibly retiring from coaching and moving to the front office full time. Rivers said his goal in Los Angeles is “pride of place,” and admitted he still has a ways to go to reach it.

That move was never likely this summer, but there is a little heat to the idea of Rivers eventually taking on some role with the team. This wasn’t a random rumor. Rivers has got a couple years left on his Clippers deal, but after that, who knows.