With just one year remaining on his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers' future with the team is up in the air.
The Clippers are coming off their first season in seven years where they failed to make the playoffs and the front office may be looking for a change.
Rivers is due to earn $10 million from the final year of his deal in L.A. but the franchise is reportedly exploring its options ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
According to veteran NBA reporter Peter Vecsey of Patreon, the Clippers are already looking at potential replacements and have some names in mind.
Per Vecsey: "Rivers is guaranteed to go, it says here. A revamped roster in mid-February dictates a demand for a new voice with new ideas with a new image.
"Owner Steve Ballmer, who inherited Rivers when he purchased the Clippers and gave him lots of leeway, has had plenty of time to figure out Doc is a stone phony. He took away one title (president) from him prior to this season.
"The time has come to relieve him of his coaching duties, pay him the $10M owed for next season, and offer Villanova’s Jay Wright a blank check. general manager Lawrence Franks’ second choice, I’m told, is Jeff Van Gundy."
Judging by this latest report, it would seem that Rivers' days in Los Angeles are numbered.
Speaking about his future before the conclusion of the regular season last week, the 56-year-old added more uncertainty to his chances of staying with the team.
"I love what I do, but that doesn't mean that you keep doing it every year, do you know what I mean?" Rivers said, per ESPN. "I can't even answer the question.
"I love where we're at as a franchise. I will say that. I would honestly say that a year ago, I don't know if I would have had that same feeling."
The Clippers' streak of six straight playoff appearances under the former Boston Celtics head coach came to an end this year and it's the first time he's failed to make it to the postseason since 2006-07.
After losing Chris Paul last summer and seeing Blake Griffin traded to the Detroit Pistons halfway through the season, Rivers did a terrific job to even put them in a position to make the playoffs as they ended with a winning record of 42-40.
But the Clippers could be ready to head in a different direction and it looks like they prefer to have a new voice in the locker room.
The coming months will be interesting as we're likely to see this story develop.
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