Doc Rivers, the head coach and general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers, is steadfast in his intention to stick with his “Big 3” of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to put a stop on NBA rumors that the franchise is willing to go any part of their core in the 2016 offseason.
Rivers, who has been with the Clippers since 2013, said in a recent interview that he feels moving on with his “Big 3” in Los Angeles is still the best move for the franchise.
“I don’t worry about the corner thing, ever. I’m always gonna do what’s good for the team. You don’t ever do anything but that. But I feel like the best thing for the team right now is to keep them together. Can that change? Of course, it can change. But I don’t think it will,” Rivers said via ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
Rivers also said that they are sticking with Griffin because the athletic forward is still young and the team expects him to still improve in the next seasons. Rivers noted that injuries affected Griffin’s play last season and it was a big factor for the team’s and the player’s performance.
Rivers stated that having Jeff Green at the small forward is perfect for the team since they already have superstars in the other positions. Rivers believes Green is a good role player to have as part of their core in the future. Green is a free agent this 2016 offseason and he’s part of NBA rumors this summer as other teams try to get him in free agency.
Rivers also touched on the subject of Paul Pierce’s possible retirement from the NBA.
“I don’t know. It was a mystery. He had some games where he looked like the old Paul. I don’t know the answer yet, and I haven’t sat down with Paul, so I don’t want to say much,” Rivers said.
“When you get to the point — where Tim [Duncan] is at today — I’ve never met a player who retires because of the games. Players retire because of practice. Players love games. They don’t love practicing and preparing anymore. And I think that’s what runs all of them off.”
Some NBA rumors are now cleared with the Clippers’ camp and according to their GM, they won’t be making any major moves this summer.
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