Doc Rivers says Donald Sterling vetoed multiple blockbuster trades before selling the team

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By JOHN DORN

For good reason, Donald Sterling is one of the most hated men in sports. But Los Angeles Clippers fans had a little more fuel poured onto the fire Wednesday.

In a radio interview with Beast 980's Fred Roggin, head coach and team president Doc Rivers dished more dirt on the former owner, implicating him of vetoing a multiple trades that supposedly would've helped the Clippers. Courtesy of Eye on Basketball, Rivers said:

This is really only my third year but you can make a case this is our second year if you know what I'm saying. If I someday wrote a book and told you a couple of the trades we had in the first year that we didn't do because of other reasons, you would fall off your chair.


This isn't the first we've heard of Sterling meddling in Rivers' basketball operations. In May of 2014, starting guard J.J. Redick admitted that Sterling tried hard to veto the sign-and-trade deal that brought Redick to Los Angeles.

The reasoning? Because he was sure that a white player couldn't be worth a $27 million contract.

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Doc Rivers says Donald Sterling vetoed multiple blockbuster trades before selling the team
V. Stiviano, whose recording of former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling led to him having to sell the team, arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court, Friday, March 27, 2015, as the trial continues in the lawsuit brought against her by Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
V. Stiviano, the mistress of former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling, leaves Los Angeles Superior Court at the end of the day's testimony in the lawsuit brought against her by Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Jay Shapiro, an accountant who dug through the finances of billionaire Donald Sterling to track payments he made to Stiviano, ridiculed the woman's claim about the source of $1 million contribution she made to purchase her house. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
V. Stiviano, leaves Los Angeles Superior Court at the end of the day's testimony in the lawsuit brought against her by former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Jay Shapiro, an accountant who dug through the finances of billionaire Donald Sterling to track payments he made to Stiviano, ridiculed the woman's claim about the source of $1 million contribution she made to purchase her house. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
V. Stiviano, left, leaves Los Angeles Superior Court at the end of the day's testimony in the lawsuit brought against her by former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling' estranged wife Shelly Sterling, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Stiviano's lawyer, Mac Nehoray, is at right. Jay Shapiro, an accountant who dug through the finances of billionaire Donald Sterling to track payments he made to Stiviano, ridiculed the woman's claim about the source of $1 million contribution she made to purchase her house. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
V. Stiviano, the mistress of former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling, leaves Los Angeles Superior Court at the end of the day's testimony in the lawsuit brought against her by Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Jay Shapiro, an accountant who dug through the finances of billionaire Donald Sterling to track payments he made to Stiviano, ridiculed the woman's claim about the source of $1 million contribution she made to purchase her house. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Shelly Sterling is congratulated outside the courthouse in Los Angeles on July 28, 2014 after a ruling was made in the case between her and her husband Donald over the sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. A California judge gave the go-ahead to the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move. (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Shelly Sterling (C) speaks to the press with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell (R) and Adam Streisand (L), lawyer for Los Angeles Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer, during a news conference on August 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Ballmer's USD 2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers was finalized today, August 12. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
V. Stiviano, left, leaves Los Angeles Superior Court at the end of the day's testimony in the lawsuit brought against her by former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling' estranged wife Shelly Sterling, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Stiviano's lawyer, Mac Nehoray, is at right. Jay Shapiro, an accountant who dug through the finances of billionaire Donald Sterling to track payments he made to Stiviano, ridiculed the woman's claim about the source of $1 million contribution she made to purchase her house. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
V. Stiviano, the mistress of former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling, leaves Los Angeles Superior Court at the end of the day's testimony in the lawsuit brought against her by Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Jay Shapiro, an accountant who dug through the finances of billionaire Donald Sterling to track payments he made to Stiviano, ridiculed the woman's claim about the source of $1 million contribution she made to purchase her house. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Shelly Sterling, estranged wife of former Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling, and her attorney Pierce O'Donnell are seen at the lunch break during her lawsuit against her husband's mistress in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, March 25, 2015.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling says he could have gotten more than the record $2 billion paid for the basketball team last year but the circumstances of the sale "€œmarkedly reduced" the price. The comment was contained in an amended complaint that Sterling'€™s lawyers filed last week in his lawsuit against the NBA over the sale, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday, March 11, 2015. The suit seeks at least $600 million in damages.(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
Shelly Sterling steps to the podium to respond to questions from the media outside the courthouse in Los Angeles on July 28, 2014 after a ruling was made in the case between her and her husband Donald over the sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. A California judge gave the go-ahead to the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move. (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Shelly Sterling reacts while facing the media outside the courthouse in Los Angeles on July 28, 2014 after a ruling was made in the case between her and her husband Donald over the sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. A California judge gave the go-ahead to the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move.(Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Shelly Sterling reacts while facing the media outside the courthouse in Los Angeles on July 28, 2014 after a ruling was made in the case between her and her husband Donald over the sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. A California judge gave the go-ahead to the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move. (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Shelly Sterling reacts to questions while meeting with the media outside the courthouse in Los Angeles on July 28, 2014 after a ruling was made in the case between her and her husband Donald over the sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. A California judge on Monday gave the go-ahead to the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move.  (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
With her attorney Pierce O'Donnell, right, Shelly Sterling, center, talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: Steve Ballmer (L) and Eric Garcetti attend Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and his wife Rochelle watch the Clippers play the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Pistons won 113-107.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers Interim CEO Dick Parsons speaks at a press conference on May 12, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has offered his first public apology for racist remarks that saw him banned for life from the NBA.  (Photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse with her attorney Pierce O' Donnell, Monday, July 7, 2014. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on Shelly Sterling had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse with her attorney Pierce O' Donnell, Monday, July 7, 2014. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on Shelly Sterling had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 7: Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, left and his wife Shelly pose for a photograph before his team played the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer takes in a Clippers playoff game with NBA commissioner Adam Silver in May. Ballmer has reportedly agreed to purchase the Clippers for $2 billion, according to the Los Angeles Times. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: David Geffen attends the Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers game on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 24: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison watches the Los Angeles Clippers face the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on April 24, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, upper right, watches the Golden State Warriors play the Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 10, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A Los Angeles Clippers fan holds up a t-shirt cursing the team's owner Donald Sterling durring game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on May 15, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, in their NBA playoffs round two series in which the Thunder defeated the Clippers 104-98 to win the series by four games to two.  (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Rochelle Sterling attends an NBA playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Rochelle Sterling (L) and Pierce O'Donnell attend an NBA playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 27: Shelly Sterling (C), the wife of Donald Sterling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, watches the Clippers against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 27, 2014 in Oakland, California. The players wore theirs warm up this way in protest of owner Donald Sterling's racially insensitive remarks. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Rochelle Sterling attends an NBA playoff game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
Shelly Sterling (R), wife of embattled owner of Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, watches Game 3 of the Clippers second round NBA playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder on May 9, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.(Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media regarding the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on April 29, 2014 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and former Los Angeles Lakers player Norm Nixon addresses the media during the press conference in response to the NBA's decision to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
Former Los Angeles Lakers player A. C. Green and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar address the media during the press conference in response to the NBA's decision on Donald Sterling. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media regarding the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
Director and actor Spike Lee watches as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
Spike Lee attends the press conference as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discusses punishment for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
The Clippers wear their warmup jerseys inside-out prior to Game 3 of their playoff series against the Warriors in protest of owner Donald Sterling. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 28: Members of the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs wear black socks in protest of comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson Jr speaks at a press conference on student scholarships in Indiana on April 28, 2014 in Gary, Indiana. The NBA Hall of Famer held the press conference to promote a benefit to raise money for student scholarships in Gary. During the press conference Johnson also answered questions in regard to comments made by Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, April 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (photo credit: Getty Editorial)
In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. (photo credit: AP)
FILe - in this Aug. 28, 2014 file photo, Shelly Sterling, wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, smiles during an interview in Los Angeles. A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling's mistress against Shelly Sterling the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner. Judge Richard Fruin said last week he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelley Sterling's lawyer. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)
Shelly Sterling, talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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The deal ultimately did come to fruition, mostly because it was Rivers' first major transaction as an executive, and he threatened to quit on the spot if Sterling caused him the embarrassment. The trade ultimately has worked out for the Clips, with Redick evolving into one of the more steady shooting guards in the NBA.

Unfortunately, we may never find out which other trades Rivers agreed to, only to get shot down by Sterling. Let's hope that tell-all book comes out, like, yesterday.

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