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Doc Rivers headed to Clippers

The on-again, off-again talks between the Celtics and Clippers -- mostly related to Kevin Garnett, DeAndre Jordan, coach Doc Rivers and draft compensation -- have finally produced an outcome involving the last two. Rivers and his three-year, $21 million contract will cross the country in exchange for a first-round draft pick. Did the Celtics get enough in return for the seven-year coaching veteran with a championship and Coach of the Year award under his belt? Will Rivers finally get the Clippers to the NBA Finals?

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  • What is the furthest Doc Rivers will take the Clippers?

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  • The Celtics are trying to trade Paul Pierce for a first-round pick. Is Pierce worth the price?

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  • Which team would benefit most from a straight-up DeAndre Jordan-Kevin Garnett trade?

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  • Which team will Kevin Garnett be playing for next season?

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Doc Rivers to the Clippers?

Doc Rivers has been the most successful Celtics coach in a long time, but he soon might be taking his talents to Los Angeles. The Clippers and the Celtics are discussing a move in which Boston would allow Rivers out of his three-year contract to sign with Los Angeles. Boston would send Kevin Garnett to the Clippers and receive DeAndre Jordan and a future first-round pick, although the Celtics are insisting that Eric Bledsoe be included in the trade as well. Would acquiring Rivers be worth two of the Clippers' young stars?

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  • Would the Clippers ever win a championship under Doc Rivers?

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  • How should the Celtics handle the potential deal on the table involving Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and DeAndre Jordan?

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  • If the Doc Rivers/Kevin Garnett deal goes through, what chance do you give the Clippers of trading for Paul Pierce as well?

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  • Who would be a better choice to coach the Clippers if the Doc Rivers deal falls through?

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Paul and Howard as teammates?

Building on the trend of stars planning among themselves to create superteams, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have reportedly been considering the idea of joining forces next season. The pairing looks good on paper -- Paul's clever distribution and Howard's potentially-dominant offensive game could be unstoppable -- but several factors could keep it from happening. If it does happen, however, it could be the biggest thing in basketball since ... well ... Howard pairing with Kobe Bryant. Or Paul pairing with Blake Griffin.

Will Chris Paul and Dwight Howard ever be teammates?

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  • Which team would be a better fit for a Chris Paul/Dwight Howard combo?

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  • If you were a Clippers fan, which pairing would you rather have next season?

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NBA Finals: Game 7

The Miami Heat came back in grand fashion against the San Antonio Spurs in one of the most exciting postseason games in recent memory. LeBron James lost his headband and caught fire (metaphorically), Ray Allen hit another clutch 3-pointer, Chris Bosh had a number of key blocks in overtime, and the Heat are alive for another day. With such a dramatic end to Game 6, it's almost absurd that both teams have to play again -- but play again they must, in Game 7 in Miami.

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  • The median ticket price for Game 7 is $699. Would you pay that much to see your favorite team in a championship Game 7?

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  • What do you make of Chris Bosh telling Heat fans who left Game 6 early to stay at home for Game 7?

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Tough times for NBA coaches

Despite leading his team to the Western Conference finals, Lionel Hollins won't be retained as coach of the Grizzlies. That's notable on its own, but consider this: He's one of three coaches this season, along with George Karl (Nuggets) and Vinny Del Negro (Clippers), to lead his team to its best-ever NBA regular season win total, and then be shown the door. Which coach least deserved to be let go? Which vacant NBA job would best suit Hollins next season? Vote below!

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  • Which of these NBA coaching vacancies would be the best fit for Lionel Hollins?

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