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Los Angeles Clippers: Front office changes are not a good look

The Los Angeles Clippers have removed Doc Rivers from his front office position, but he still remains head coach of the team. This is a very interesting move by the Clippers because it shows that they do not think Doc has the ability to either juggle the two roles, or they think he is just not good at handling roster decisions.

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Apr 5, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas (9) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

This changing of the guard could be the result of something Chris Paul said on his way out the door of L.A. Apparently, Paul had clashed with Doc Rivers over his roster decisions, and said he made some questionable decisions regarding his son, Austin Rivers. Rivers has been a good player for the Clippers since they acquired him a few seasons ago, but apparently Doc Rivers has balked at some trade ideas that involved sending his son to another team. Paul felt that moving Austin Rivers in these potential trades would have improved the team, since the return in these deals was looking good.

Clippers ownership and the higher-ups could have potentially felt the same way. They could have thought that Rivers was not doing what was best for the team because he had a vested interest in his son. Basketball is a business, and people cannot afford to have feelings when it comes to trade negotiations, as terrible as this sounds. I hate to see players moved because they are people that now need to figure out where they are going to live, how they are going to see their families, etc. There is no room for that however when making decisions like this. The Clippers have been awful in the playoffs for the past few seasons. They consistently have failed to make any noise once the postseason rolled around. Holding onto Austin Rivers because he is your son is not a good business look for Doc, and the Clippers have done what is best for them by removing him from that position.

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