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It’s done: Clippers reach agreement with Celtics on a deal to hire Doc Rivers as head coach

Jun 23, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston Reuters

Our long national nightmare is over, as the Clippers and Celtics have agreed in principle on a deal that will allow Doc Rivers to become the head coach in Los Angeles.

According to multiple reports, Rivers has agreed to a three-year contract worth $21 million to coach the Clippers, which is the same amount he had left on his deal with the Celtics.

As compensation, the Clippers are sending an unprotected 2015 first round draft pick to Boston. The deal still requires approval from the league office, although with no players’ contracts tied to this one as they were in previous iterations, it’s expected to go through without issue.

It will be very interesting to see now if the Clippers are able to convince the NBA that the acquisition of Rivers came with no strings attached in the form of a side deal for Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce. While the coach will in all likelihood to be allowed to change teams in exchange for the draft pick compensation, it would be surprising if the two teams didn’t continue to pursue a deal that would send Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles, and that’s where things might get complicated in the commissioner’s eyes.

For now, the Clippers appear to have landed one of the elite head coaches. And perhaps more importantly, the move is likely to help secure the return of Chris Paul, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Sources tell ESPN that Clips believe CP3 will soon notify them that deal w/Doc Rivers’ clinches his signature on new five-year max deal July 1

The expectations will be at an all-time high in Los Angeles next season with Rivers running the show and with Paul back in the fold, and that’s even before we start talking about additions or tweaks to the Clippers roster.

Rivers coached nine seasons in Boston, and led the Celtics to a title in 2008.

  1. legeisyaj - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Not unexpected or surprising after lithe last week or two…but have to say I’m bummed.

  2. mambaman - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Well since coaches are being shopped for picks. The Lakers might as well see what they can get for Mike D’Antoni.

    • spthegr8 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      This is just a hunch but I don’t think Mike has much value too anybody!! Unfortunately, we are STUCK with him!!! SMH!! Damn Jimbo!!

    • zacksdad - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Probably have to give them picks to take him off our hands.

  3. houseof666 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    No reason for the celtics to have an elite coach during a rebuilding stage. good move for both sides. Good luck doc thanks for all you’ve done in beantown.

    • florida727 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      I’m sorry, but why in the world would anyone thumbs-down a post thanking someone for what they’ve done and wishing them well going forward? What am I missing? To thumbs-down that, you must have a pretty pathetic life.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Wooow. It finally happened, huh.

    • emosnar - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      I understand what you are saying. The media is one crazy bitch. You want to talk about “long national nightmares being over” i submit Brett Farve, Time Tebow Sagas. This my friend was what about a week and a half? Shortly after the finals? Seems to me like a normal transaction that took deliberating until a conclusion was reached.

      … long national nightmare. Crazy hoe…

  5. bigwii - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Bring in Bickerstaff as a Celtics fan that’s who I think fits perfectly. He does t have the big name but what he did with Houston is worth praise. His offense would go perfect with how Rondo and Green play. He’s young he can grow with the team. He also coached under McHale, not a bad mentor.

    He took a young rebuilding Houston team to one if the best offenses in the league a d a playoff team. Who knows what he could do with Rondo and Green.

  6. ivanoiurares40 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    Reblogged this on TheSlashDash.

    • florida727 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Stop pimping your worthless REblog. Why would anyone even bother checking it out when we have the ORIGINAL blog right here? If you want page clicks, advertise like normal entrepreneurs do. This is pitiful.

  7. loungefly74 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    “rebuilding” is a tough word to swallow. this officially ends the last incarnation of the C’s…hey, 2 Finals trips and 1 Title is actually pretty decent since 2008. I do get a feeling they will rebound quicker than expected though…

  8. klownboy - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Well, if the Clips wanted to go big, they had to land the big fish. The big fish happens to be Rivers. Such a coup for the Clips and their fans, but it stinks for Celtics fans.
    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-Fv

  9. floriosbigtoe - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    I love how coaches these days don’t really want to “coach”.

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