Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Putting an end to weeks of speculation,
the Los Angeles Clippers officially announced that Glenn "Doc" Rivers has
joined the franchise as its new senior vice president of basketball operations
and head coach.
The deal was finalized Tuesday, as the Celtics agreed to release him in
exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 draft. No financial terms of the
new contract were disclosed, but a Yahoo! Sports report on Sunday stated
Rivers has agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Clippers,
pending NBA approval.
Rivers will be formally introduced at a Wednesday afternoon press conference
as the 16th head coach since the franchise relocated from San Diego following
the 1983-84 season.
A former standout for the Atlanta Hawks -- who played for the Clippers during
the 1991-92 campaign -- during his playing days, Rivers takes the helm for
Vinny Del Negro, who was not offered a new contract after three seasons.
The 51-year-old had served as Boston's head coach since 2004 and guided
the storied franchise to six division crowns, a pair of Eastern Conference
championships and the 2008 NBA title along with a 416-305 overall record and
59-47 postseason mark.
He will be the fourth Clippers bench boss to have won the NBA's coach of the
year award, after Gene Shue, Bill Fitch, and Mike Dunleavy.
By bringing in Rivers, the Clippers are hoping to entice star free-agent guard
Chris Paul to sign a contract extension.
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