Depending on whatever deal he works out with the Celtics, he could be available at some point.
Rivers instantly would become a candidate for openings with the L.A. Clippers, Brooklyn, Denver and Memphis — all playoff teams.
There are better jobs than Orlando's, but only one in Orlando. Rivers might not want anything to do with the Magic again. But the Magic should monitor Doc's movements anyway.
Doc was deeply hurt when Orlando fired him in 2003, although the storied Celtics gladly brought him aboard.
Such speculation isn't fair to Vaughn. The business isn't about being fair. By design, Vaughn likely will have another 60-loss season on his résumé. How many coaches survive that despite the situation? It's as if Vaughn is cheerfully playing the part of a foreman during this construction mess.
Wasn't all that fair to another young promising coach nicknamed Doc a decade ago.
The Magic are rebuilding again, but they can afford marquee free agents after this season. And who better to attract those stars in his adopted hometown of Orlando than Rivers?
If the club is serious about winning, wouldn't he be the perfect coach at the perfect time this time?