When the Clippers’ season ended last month, their two biggest personalities were standing on separate darkened ends of a long Staples Center hallway, the team’s immediate future hanging in the murky middle.
On one end, the coach said he might not stick around. On the other end, the owner could not guarantee he could keep him.
On one end, coach Doc Rivers was not thrilled about entering the final year of his contract as a lame duck with no extension.
“I love what I do, but that doesn’t mean you keep doing it every year, you know what I mean?’’ he said.
On the other end, owner Steve Ballmer sounded uncertain why somebody who had a contract would need an...