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Two sides to Doc Rivers’s exit as Celtics coach

It’s not that Danny Ainge or Doc Rivers are stretching the truth, they are just telling their sides of the story of how their divorce occurred. The fans of Boston are playing the role of settlement judge.

Did Rivers simply want out of Boston and forced his way to Los Angeles by giving the Celtics a series of ultimatums, or attempt to persuade the organization to push through with the trade to the Clippers by expressing ambivalence about the future. Or did the Celtics, looking to rebuild and remove Rivers’s remaining $21 million from their books, urge the Clippers to execute a deal because they knew Rivers wouldn’t be on board with a rebuild?

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