One piece of information that has not come out during the alive/dead/alive/dead Celtics-Clippers trade talks is Rivers’ motivation in wanting to leave the Celtics.
It isn’t just that he doesn’t want to be a part of a rebuilding situation; it is because he has an intense dislike for point guard Rajon Rondo.
A source close to the Celtics tells Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com that Rondo dropped an F-bomb on Rivers in the locker room during a team meeting, and Rivers went after Rondo and tried to fight him before the fracas was broken up.
- Chris Sheridan
Doc Rivers will only want to stay if the Celtics play on contending, not rebuilding. If the Celtics do plan to rebuild, I do not see why Rondo will want to stay there when he is entering his prime. The Celtics will look for young pieces and draft picks, and this is something that the Lakers do not have. However, we do have Pau's expiring contract, there could be teams looking to take in Nash (Yes, he is expandable), and Steve Blake is coming off a stud playoff performance (His stock may have gone up). We cannot do this straight up with the Celtics, so a third or fourth team is going to have to get involved. As it seems the Lakers are committed to Mike D'Antoni, might as well bring in a point-guard that can play the run and gun system. Rondo is a terrific defender for someone at his position, but does lack a jump-shot. Thoughts?