It's official: Rivers signs contract with Clippers

It's official: Rivers signs contract with Clippers
June 25, 2013, 1:15 pm
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BOSTON — Now it's official. The trade freeing up Doc Rivers to coach the Los Angeles Clippers is now complete, league sources tell

By relinquishing Rivers from the final three years of his contract in Boston, the Celtics will receive an unprotected 2015 first-round pick from the Clippers.

Rivers is on his way to Los Angeles for a press conference where he'll be introduced as Clippers head coach -- sounds funny, huh? -- to be held Wednesday afternoon.

Boston has scheduled a press conference tonight that will be attended by Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations.

With a little prodding on the part of Chris Paul's camp, the Clippers re-engaged the Celtics in talks for Rivers over the weekend, and an agreement was reached between the two shortly afterwards. However, the Clippers still had to iron out the details of their contract with Rivers, ultimately coming up with something that's comparable to the deal he had in Boston.

One difference? Rivers is expected to have a significant say in personnel decisions, similar to the deal that San Antonio has with its head coach, Gregg Popovich.

Popovich, whose Spurs came up short against Miami last week in the NBA Finals following a Game 7 loss, is not the team's general manager but he does have significant input in all roster moves made.

While Rivers and Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, have had a good working relationship in their nine-year basketball marriage, Ainge ultimately had final say in roster-related decisions and Rivers' input was minimal.

CBS is also reporting that, as part of the deal, the Celtics and Clippers are not allowed to exchange players until after the 2013-14 season.

The details of Rivers' deal were not finished until Tuesday afternoon, at which point Rivers boarded a plan for Los Angeles to attend tomorrow's press conference. The deal was then submitted to the league office in New York for approval, thereby bringing an official end to the Doc Rivers era in Boston.

Rivers is expected to take most of his assistants with him, although Jay Larranaga -- who still has a year left on his contract with the Celtics -- is a candidate for the C's head coaching job.

Mike Longabardi, Rivers' "defensive coordinator"  last season, is now the lead assistant in Phoenix.