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Jake Fischer Reveals Doc Rivers Is A Head Coach Candidate For Lakers And Jazz

Doc Rivers Could Be Fired If 76ers Suffer Another Early Playoff Exit: "That's Gonna Be Rivers' Head For Sure"

Doc Rivers is one of the most accomplished coaches in the league. He is a championship-winning coach, having won the 2008 title with the Boston Celtics. He has also coached plenty of superstars, coaching Kawhi Leonard previously and now coaching Joel Embiid.

Even though Doc Rivers has done a fine job with the 76ers so far, there is some speculation linking him to other franchises. Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report has recently claimed that league sources believe that he could be a head coaching candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers or the Utah Jazz. Notably, it was recently reported that the Los Angeles Lakers are going to part ways with coach Frank Vogel at the end of the season.

Doc Rivers, the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach, is another active bench leader being mentioned by league personnel as a potential Lakers candidate. Rivers’ tenure in Philadelphia has also come into question of late, spurred by team president Daryl Morey’s deadline acquisition of James Harden and the mounting speculation that followed about a potential reunification with Harden’s former Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Rivers has also been linked by several league sources as a potential replacement for the Jazz, in the event Snyder does depart Utah. Rivers was the head coach in Boston from 2004 to 2013 under current Jazz CEO Danny Ainge. 

The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers were both disappointing teams in their own way. The Utah Jazz don't look like the No. 1 seed they were last season, while the Los Angeles Lakers were touted as a championship contender but fell far below expectations. Perhaps a coaching change could help both teams, though Frank Vogel and Quin Snyder are well-respected as fine coaches themselves.

As of now though, Doc Rivers' priority will be trying to win the championship with the Philadelphia 76ers. They are viewed as contenders after acquiring James Harden at the trade deadline, and perhaps we'll end up seeing them win it all this year.