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It’s official: Doc Rivers signs contract with Clippers

Jun 25, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT

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UPDATE 7:38 pm: The Celtics and Clippers have both confirmed that Doc Rivers has signed to coach the Clippers, this is done.

One interesting side note on the compensation package deal — it specifies the two teams cannot trade players until after next season, not with a third team or in any other combination. There will be no Garnett trade for DeAndre Jordan. In theory the Lakers could get Paul Pierce if the Celtics bought him out and made him a free agent, but that is not happening, the Celtics will tried to trade both men to get something back for them.

Rivers spoke with Jackie McMullen of ESPN about why he made the move: “It was just time.”

3:35 pm: When things dragged out a little with the Clippers finalizing a contract with Doc Rivers there was a moment of hesitation — aren’t we past these days with the Clippers?

We are. It’s done. Doc Rivers has signed his deal with the Clippers to be their coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and now confirmed by other sources. Rivers has a three-year, $21 million contract with Los Angeles. He will be introduced at a press conferenced Wednesday.

Rivers’ arrival pretty much locks in what was already pretty set — you can expect Chris Paul to re-sign with the Clippers. He will become a free agent July 1 because he gets more money that way than just signing an extension, but he will be back. That alone is worth the money the Clippers are paying Rivers.

The Celtics will get a first round pick back from the Clippers, but the deal is a complex one, as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com points out.

The Clippers are a roster on the cusp of contention (they won 56 games last year but were eliminated in the first round) and the feeling among Los Angeles fans is this puts them over the top. They think they are in the mix with the Thunder and Spurs in the West, the Heat in the East as contenders.

It’s not going to be that easy. The Clippers need a steadier defense and we’ll see if Rivers’ coaching can do that — he had great defenses in Boston with Tom Thibodeau as his assistant and Kevin Garnett in the paint. Can Rivers bring that to the Clippers without those two key elements?

The Clippers need to get more out of DeAndre Jordan — consistently and on the defensive end — to really made a difference (or move him to get a defensive anchor big man). Fans will put some of that on Doc Rivers, but it’s really on Jordan. Rivers will help the Clippers but they are a piece or two away from really contending.

  1. readysethike - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    hopefully thats $21 million guarenteed. if things go bad the first year, Donald Sterling will be like what 3 year contract? i only signed you to a one year deal

  2. ss3walkman - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    How awkward to see Rivers sharing a court with the Lakers. Welcome to LA Doc!

    • k3nn3k - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Not that weird though…he used to be a Clipper himself! I’m stoked about this move!

  3. moseskkim - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    This is such a huge move for clipps. Rivers has shown to be a great coach and hopefully they won’t do that iso CP3 last 6 minutes of every game like VDN did.

    • readysethike - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      and this will put a stop to the ridiculous rotations VDN used to have

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        you can say that again……………

    • readysethike - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      and this will put a stop to the ridiculous rotations VDN used to have

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Dude, did you really have to say it again!
        geez!

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:16 AM

        LOL!! That was great!

  4. losanginsight - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    He has 1 ring as a Coach. Yupdi doo

  5. k3nn3k - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    And cue the Clipper haters (i.e Laker fans). I’m pretty sure this is the point when Faker fans point out how many championships they have and how good Kobe is and they are all sounding all like old grandpas telling a story about the war and how they used to walk to school in 5 feet of snow…blah blah blah. But tell me, who’s name is on the 2014 NBA banner? Oh that’s right, nobody’s yet….so the Clippers can make a championship run!

    • scottheis82 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Actually the only hater on here is you. I’m a Lakers fan and I’m happy for the clips, the only reason I ever dismissed the clippers is your owner… WOW how the rolls have reversed.

      • k3nn3k - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        How am I hating when all I said was Clippers have a chance to win it? Sensitive much?

        History doesn’t dictate future champions no matter how many banners you have. If you do believe that it does, then Boston is better than the Lakers…and I’m sure that’s not a pill your willing to swallow.

  6. pmx8411 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    BILLY CRYSTAL IS GOING WILD!!!

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      What about Frankie Munoz!

  7. saint1997 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Add another piece? Don’t forget my man that they still have the incredible trade value that Bledsoe garners so that piece isn’t difficult to see come over I must say

  8. zacksdad - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Interesting that it looks like the league made them to agree not to exchange any players this coming season. Sort of hangs Garnett out to dry.

    • badintent - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Nah, he’ll stay wet behind the ears.Trash talkers do that.

  9. blakegriffin32 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Scottheis is a sensible laker fan. I like him.

  10. halfbaht - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Good move for both teams. Doc will be a good fit in LA, pretty much guarantees a CP3 return. At the same time, helps Boston in the rebuilding phase. Doc was lucky not to loose his job last time they rebuilt. Plus with the coin he was on, it’s a good move by Ainge. $7 mil a year for a coach when you’re rebuilding isn’t exactly good business

  11. bigdaddy44 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    The ridiculous restrictions on these teams are just further proof of what many of us have known for years. David Stern has carried a grudge against the Celtics from well before his term as commissioner, and he shows no signs that he will ever let it go.

  12. Anoesis - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    “One interesting side note on the compensation package deal — it specifies the two teams cannot trade players until after next season, not with a third team or in any other combination.”

    This is the part that proves Stern’s egotistical idiocy. The Clippers and Celtics made a mistake in trying to package a coach along with their proposed player trade. The league said no. The teams rectified the mistake, yet Stern insists on petulantly punishing them further. Only in Stern’s bubble do you get issued a traffic citation and are then forbidden to drive your car for a year.

  13. sportsnut101 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    He’s average coach his record proves it. Yes he got 2 final appearances 1 win shoulda been 2. But he’s not worth a first rd pick expect in this awful draft

  14. ocgunslinger - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Stern was confused. He heard “L.A.” and thought it involved the Lakers and had to get involved.

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