After a week long soap opera, Doc Rivers is heading to Los Angeles, to be the head coach of the Clippers. The Clips will give up their 2015 first round pick in exchange for Rivers, pending league approval.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston broke the news:
Sources confirmed on Sunday that the Clippers will sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract. They will send a first-round pick as compensation for the Boston Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.
Contrary to previous reports, according to league and team sources, the Celtics have been complicit all along in assisting Rivers make the switch from Boston to Los Angeles.
The Clippers hope the deal with Rivers will clinch Chris Paul’s signature on a new five-year max contract. Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1
Los Angeles won a franchise-record 56 games during the 2012-13 regular season, but after falling to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the organization decided it was time to part ways with Vinny Del Negro, electing not to renew the polarizing head coach’s contract.
Rivers went 416-305 (.577) with the Celtics and led them to seven playoff appearances during his nine seasons. He won the NBA title in 2008 and made it back to the finals in 2010 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.
League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal (for DeAndre Jordan) and Rivers were related.
[Information from ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com]