Coach Doc Rivers wanted the J.J. Redick trade badly enough that he was willing to resign before ever coaching a game with the Los Angeles Clippers had owner Donald Sterling vetoed the deal, according to a report.

Rivers’ three-year, $21 million contract with the Clippers includes final say in all trades.

Rivers, acquired from the Boston Celtics, was irate when Sterling threatened to intervene, his mission being to retain backup point guard Eric Bledsoe rather than acquire the perimeter shooting specialist Redick in sign-and-trade that pays Redick $27 million over four years, Yahoo reported.

The trade brought Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks and Jared Dudley from the Phoenix Suns and shipped Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Suns