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Daryl Morey: Doc Rivers will coach 76ers next season

76ers coach Doc Rivers

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 16: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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There were rumors the 76ers could fire Doc Rivers. There were rumors Rivers could leave Philadelphia to coach the Lakers.

But 76ers president Daryl Morey tried to quash them all.

Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia:

Morey said he wouldn’t trade Ben Simmons then offered Simmons to the Rockets for James Harden (then later traded Simmons to the Nets for Harden). Morey, according to Chris Paul, said he wouldn’t trade Paul to the Thunder just before trading Paul to the Thunder. Morey, according to Carmelo Anthony, told Anthony the forward was finished with the Rockets then publicly called accurate reports of Anthony being done in Houston fake news.

Morey is not trustworthy.

Still, given Morey’s comments today, it’d be surprising if the 76ers straight fire Rivers. A soft landing in Los Angeles or some other type of exit? I wouldn’t rule it out. But as much as Morey has a history of lying to downplay tension, he’s being quite direct here.

If truly keeping Rivers, Philadelphia must find other ways of addressing its toughness/effort problems.