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Doc Rivers didn’t want to rebuild the Celtics

Mercifully, it’s over. The Doc Rivers era ended Sunday afternoon in rather disturbing fashion, with the Celtics negotiating a trade of their coach to the Clippers for a 2015 first-round pick that is likely to be a reserve at best.

It shouldn’t have ended this way, and Rivers likely will be booed mercilessly when the Clippers come to TD Garden next season, his legacy stained by his refusal to participate in the team’s rebuilding plan, even though he signed a five-year contract knowing that the third year and beyond would be moving forward from the Big Three era.

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