June 26, 2013

NBA notebook: New job and title for Rivers in L.A.

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Doc Rivers is the Los Angeles Clippers' new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations.

The Clippers finalized the championship-winning coach's move from the Boston Celtics on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and reversals. Rivers also will have a prominent role in the Clippers' front office with his additional title.

Boston will get a future first-round pick from the Clippers for Rivers, who went 416-305 and won the 2008 NBA title during nine seasons with the Celtics.

With Boston likely to spend the next few years rebuilding its aging roster, Rivers seized the chance to take over one of the league's most exciting young teams. The Clippers are coming off the best regular season in franchise history with a roster built around Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, an impending free agent.

The Clippers will introduce Rivers at a news conference Wednesday.

Rivers is likely to be the NBA's highest-paid coach in Los Angeles, with his new deal expected to be similar to the three years and $21 million that remained on his contract with the Celtics.

 

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