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.