Will Doc Rivers coach next year? And if he does, where will it be? (Bill Waugh / Reuters)

Doc Rivers is increasingly unlikely to return as coach of the Boston Celtics, according to a Boston Globe report, although a complex trade that would involve star players has stalled — for the moment.

Where he’ll coach — and whether a swap of players involving multiple teams will be included — is not yet clear. Rivers could also choose to return to broadcasting, should the Celtics decide to exercise the non-compete clause in his contract.



Rivers has three years left on on his contract and that clause means the Celtics are in the driver’s seat when it comes to demanding compensation in return for allowing him to coach elsewhere.

“[General Manager] Danny [Ainge] would still like Doc to coach and would still like to make that happen,” an unnamed source told the Globe on Saturday, “but there’s more focus right now on looking at other options.”

One possibility discussed over the weekend involved Rivers, along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, going to the Los Angeles Clippers, with Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan going to Boston along with two first-round draft picks. Garnett has a no-trade clause in his contract, but it is believed he would waive it in order to play for Rivers. Chris Paul also is believed to be willing to stay with the Clippers if Rivers is the coach. However, multiple reports indicated those talks had stalled.

As if that weren’t intriguing enough, ESPN reported over the weekend that the Clippers were mulling the possibility of offering Blake Griffin and Bledsoe to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Dwight Howard, who will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. However, the Los Angeles Times reported that “is not going to happen.” CBS Sports reports, though, that the Lakers are keeping their options open.

“Either the Lakers will sign Howard or they will get cap space for 2014,” an unnamed source told the Times.

Unless, of course, something else happens.

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