Report: Clippers, Celtics agree on Doc Rivers deal

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A deal between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics for coach Doc Rivers has finally been agreed upon, pending league approval.

The Clippers will sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract and send a 2015 first-round pick as compensation to the Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three-year, $21 million he had remaining on his deal with the club.

The Clippers and Celtics must file the agreement with the league office for approval on Monday.

The Celtics have a news conference scheduled for Monday, where, according to ESPN.com, Rivers will explain his decision to leave Boston after nine seasons.

Contrary to previous reports, according to league and team sources, the Celtics have been complicit all along in assisting Rivers make the switch from Boston to Los Angeles.

Although Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ director of basketball operations, was initially irked that Rivers was lukewarm about returning to Boston, where a rebuilding process soon will be underway, team sources said he recognized the best way to accumulate the first-round draft picks he covets would be to relinquish his two most valued assets — Rivers and Kevin Garnett. Since then, he and Rivers have been working side by side to secure a deal that is best for both parties, sources said.

Team sources also indicated that Rivers is frustrated with the perception that he was the driving force behind the push to go to the Clippers, or that he was unwilling to coach the Celtics if Pierce and Garnett were not going to be on the roster.

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  • Anthony Morace

    Clippers, Celtics & Magic – Clippers get Kevin Garnett & Arron Afflalo, Celtics get DeAndre Jordan & Caron Butler + 1st Round Pick from LAC, Magic get Eric Bledsoe & Courtney Lee. Clippers get immediate assets that they wanted, Celtics get young athletic center and a serviceable back-up SF (salary to dump next year) + asset with draft pick, Magic get explosive young point to go with emerging star Tobias Harris and solid swingman.
    Enough moving parts with involvement of Magic to keep league satisfied with regards to protecting CBA… ultimately Clippers use personnel to get players they wanted, Celtics get younger with better financial flexibility and future assets, and Magic get their PG of the future to build around