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Clippers reach deal for Celtics' coach Rivers

Published On: Jun 23 2013 07:23:11 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 03:31:01 AM CDT
Doc Rivers

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After weeks of on-again, off-again talks, the Los Angeles Clippers finally got their man Sunday.

The Clippers agreed to a deal with the Celtics that will send coach Doc Rivers from Boston to Los Angeles, multiple media outlets reported.

In exchange for Rivers, the Celtics will receive an unprotected 2015 first-round draft choice.

Boston reportedly will release Rivers from the remainder of his contract, which was for three years at $21 million. The Clippers reportedly will give him an identical three-year, $21 million deal.

The NBA must approve Rivers' move for it to be finalized.

Last week, commissioner David Stern strongly stated that he would oppose a Clippers-Celtics swap that included players in addition to Rivers. Talks centered around Kevin Garnett joining Rivers in Los Angeles, but Stern made it clear that any such move, even if broken into two separate transactions, would be a violation of league rules and would be prohibited.

The arrival of Rivers is expected to help the Clippers convince free agent point Chris Paul to re-sign with the team. Rivers was a point guard in his playing days, which included one season, 1991-92, with the Clippers. He also played for the Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs.

Rivers just completed his 14th season as a head coach. He spent 1999-2000 to the start of 2003-04 with the Orlando Magic, then took over in Boston for the start of the 2004-05 season. He led the Celtics to the 2008 league title and the 2010 NBA Finals. Overall, his regular-season coaching record is 587-473 (.554), and his postseason record is 64-57 (.529).

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