After several rounds of tough negotiation and an extended period of speculation and rumors, the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principal with the Boston Celtics to a deal that will send Doc Rivers to LA. The exchange for the Celtics will be a first-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The Clips will sign Doc to a three-year deal worth $21 million.
Rivers already has another three seasons left on his contract with the Boston Celtics, who will release him so he can sign the deal with Lob City. That will occur because under the new CBA rules of the NBA, teams can’t be involved in coach trades.
The confirmation of the league is now the only thing remaining, though the NBA is expected to approve the deal. David Stern had previously rejected a deal that included Rivers and also Kevin Garnett in exchange for Clippers DeAndre Jordan and draft picks. That’s the reason why the two teams worked things out so a separate deal for the head coach was done. Of course, Boston and LA won’t be able now to perform a separate deal for KG and any potential exchange, as the league will probably refuse a second deal between the two teams within the same offseason.
The Los Angeles Clippers fill their vacant coaching position with the best man they could. Although there were several other coaches that were supposed to have more chances than the “unavailable” Rivers, like Brian Shaw, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins, LA went for the longshot and got awarded.
During his nine-year tenure with the Celtics, Rivers led the team seven times to the NBA Playoffs, and also won an NBA Championship in 2008. Two years later, he also led Boston to the NBA Finals again, but the Los Angeles Lakers ended up winning the Trophy. He has an overall record of 416-305 (.577) with the Celtics, a pretty impressive resume. He also has the ability to ignite his players morale, making everybody perform better, which is an ability few coaches in the league possess. The fans in LA should be excited and also very optimistic that they have now secured the retaining of megastar point guard Chris Paul.
As CP3 has hinted several times, he wanted the Los Angeles Clippers to become a Championship team in order to stay. And that’s exactly what they are now. With Rivers on the wheel, that championship mentality and the discipline that’s needed to make it to the next level are all there. Of course the Clips can be expected to make additional moves during this summer to strengthen their roster even more.
Doc Rivers was supposed to be devoted to the Celtics. However, he reportedly didn’t want to stay with the team if Boston wanted to start a rebuilding process, by parting ways with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Lately, several reports also hinted that Doc had some tense moments in the locker room with the new face of the franchise, Rajon Rondo.