The Los Angeles Clippers have shifted into rebuilding mode after losing (or choosing to rid themselves of) Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. But Doc Rivers said rebuilding right now isn't all that difficult.
Why? Well, the team hasn't had all that much success. He recently spoke on his rebuild in L.A. and how it's different from what happened in Boston after the Celtics won the title in 2008.
"Yeah, but we're rebuilding in a little different way," he told Steve Bullpett of the Boston Herald. "And, you know, it's easy to rebuild when you haven't won, you know what I mean? We won in Boston, so rebuilding there is tough. We haven't won crap in L.A., but we're trying to. The goal is to win, and once you win—if you ever do—then I don't want to rebuild anymore. Then you go to the next one. That's the way I look at it."
The Clippers' rebuild started with the trade of Paul to the Rockets last summer, then continued with the trade of Griffin to the Pistons before this year's trade deadline. The final major domino fell when Jordan inked a one-year deal with the Mavericks this summer. One other facet of the rebuild (although less important, of course) was the team's trade of Doc's son, Austin, to the Wizards for Marcin Gortat.
Now, the Clippers are centered around Lou Williams, and they'll look to develop their promising young players—like Tobias Harris and Montrezl Harrell—in addition to their incoming first-round picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson.