Clippers Reach Deal With Doc Rivers: AP

The deal, if approved by the NBA, would bring the Celtics coach to Los Angeles

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Monday, Jun 24, 2013  |  Updated 8:52 AM PDT
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The Los Angeles Clippers have reached a deal with Doc Rivers that would bring the Boston Celtics coach to LA, the Associated Press reported.

The AP cited a Celtics team official on condition of anonymity because the deal is contingent on NBA approval. Rivers has about three years remaining on his deal with Boston, and details of the reported deal involving LA were not immediately available.

The deal would send Boston a first-round draft pick in 2015, according to the official.

The Clippers and Celtics have not made a public announcement regarding Rivers

Rivers coached the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title, returning the franchise to NBA prominence by defeating the rival Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. He joined the team in 2004, leading Boston to its first Atlantic Division title since 1992 and marking the resurgence of one of the league's most-storied franchises.

During his 13-year NBA career, Rivers played for the Atlanta Hawks, Clippers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs. He was drafted out of Marquette in the second round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Hawks.

The Rivers deal comes after the Clippers did not renew the contract of former coach Vinny Del Negro. The team won a franchise-high 56 games last season on its way to the Pacific Division title, but the organization opted not to renew the third-year coach's contract.

The Clippers' season of high expectations came to an end against Memphis in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

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