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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The National Basketball Association has reportedly signed off on a deal that will bring Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The league is allowing the Celtics’ coach to move to the Clippers. In turn, the Celtics will be compensated with a 2015 first-round pick after agreeing to release Rivers from his remaining three-year, $21 million contract.
Rivers will reportedly sign another three-year, $21 million contract with the Clippers, according to CBS Sports.
Sources close to the situation also told ESPN that the team believes the signing of Rivers will solidify the re-signing of Chris Paul, who would currently become a free agent on July 1, to a new deal.
Rivers coached the Celtics for nine seasons and led Boston to a national championship in 2008.
Under Rivers, the Celtics returned to the finals in 2010, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, whom they defeated in the 2008 finals.
He also coached two NBA All-Star teams, in 2008 and 2011.