Doc Rivers appears to be on his way to L.A.
Multiple outlets reported Sunday that the Boston Celtics have agreed to send their coach, who led the team to the NBA championship in the 2007-08 season, to the Los Angeles Clippers for an unprotected first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
Both ESPN and Yahoo Sports reported that Rivers will be released from the three years and $21 million remaining on his Boston contract, and will sign a similar deal with the Clippers. It is believed that the deal will ensure Clippers guard Chris Paul's signing of a five-year contract extension when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The Celtics have scheduled a news conference for today, in which Rivers is expected to explain his decision to leave Boston. In 14 seasons as a coach, Rivers is 587-473 with the Orlando Magic and the Celtics. He has been at the helm in Boston for nine seasons, with six Atlantic Division titles, two NBA Finals appearances and one championship.
The Celtics and Clippers had previously discussed a Rivers-to-L.A. deal also involving Kevin Garnett, with center DeAndre Jordan and a second first-round pick going to Boston. However, NBA Commissioner David Stern said earlier this week that the league didn't allow both coaches and players to be involved in the same trade.