Feb 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers (left) and Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro (right) prior to a game at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers hire Doc Rivers as Head Coach and Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations

The deal that took over 14 days to complete with several different variations has now been approved by the NBA, Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Less than 48 hours after the deal was reportedly dead, the teams came to terms on one of the most significant transactions in team history Tuesday morning.

The specifics of the deal are as followed:

  • Boston Celtics Receive: 2015 1st Round Draft Pick – Unprotected
  • Los Angeles Clippers Receive: Rights to Sign Doc Rivers                                                                                    

Rivers, who will take over as head coach and Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations which all in all lowers Gary Sacks on the food chain. Andy Roeser will continue at the helm of President of Basketball Operations.

Donald Sterling took out his pocket book once again and is now paying the highest paid coach in the entire NBA $7 Million per season for 3 years. Many Clipper fans think of Sterling as a cheap owner but one big asset that Sterling was the mastermind was the state of the art practice facility that wooed Doc Rivers enough for him to state that was a huge selling point.


Vinny Del Negro, who wasn’t retained is now looking for a job elsewhere in the NBA.

Rivers was the 1999-00 NBA Coach of the Year with the Orlando Magic. He joined the Celtics in 2004 and has amassed the league’s second best winning percentage (.661) in the past six seasons winning 1 NBA Title in 2008.

“He’s just a good man,” former Clippers forward Grant Hill told NESN when the team visited Boston in February. “He’s come up here and had some success, and you’re happy for him to be able to establish himself as one of the better coaches in the league.” “He’s been a player. He knows what it’s like to lace ‘em up. He’s a great communicator. He holds you accountable. He’s honest. Like I said, communication is really one of his strong points.” Grant Hill (Former Clipper)

The Los Angeles Clippers and Doc Rivers have a press conference planned for 11am at the Practice Facility.


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