The NBA officially accepted the Clippers-Celtics trade on Tuesday, sending Doc Rivers to the Clippers and a 2015 unprotected first round draft pick to the Celtics. After agreeing on a three-year, $21 million deal — making him the highest-paid coach in the league — the Clippers named Doc Rivers head coach and Senior VP of Basketball Operations. Per Clippers.com:
The Los Angeles Clippers today named Glenn “Doc” Rivers as the team’s Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations and head coach. The Clippers signed Rivers after the Boston Celtics agreed to release him from his contract in exchange for a first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft as compensation.
Rivers joins the Clippers after nine seasons with the Boston Celtics, compiling a 416-305 (.576) record and guiding the Celtics to the 2007-08 NBA Championship with a NBA-best 66-16 regular season record. Rivers led the Celtics to six Atlantic Division titles, the 2009-10 Eastern Conference Championship and a 59-47 (.556) Playoff record during his tenure.
Rivers is just one of only four active NBA coaches to win an NBA title, and since 2007-08 owns the third-highest winning percentage (.661) among current coaches.
The Clippers will hold a press conference for Rivers tomorrow at 11 a.m. at their training facility in Playa Vista.
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