The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have agreed upon a deal Sunday evening since rekindling trade talks for Doc Rivers. The Celtics will give River’s coaching rights to the Los Angeles Clippers for an unprotected 2015 1st-round pick in the NBA draft.
Before rekindling trade talks, Rivers was leaning toward remaining the Celtics’ coach and not going back to the television booth according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
According to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston, Rivers will sign a three year, $21 million dollar deal in Los Angeles just as he had in Boston.
Sources confirmed on Sunday that the Clippers will sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract. They will send a 2015 first-round pick as compensation to the Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.
MacMullan also reports that the Clippers have clinched Chris Paul by making this deal with the Celtics. It has also been reported that the NBA will deny any transaction of Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers because this deal is being made.
David Stern came out and publicly said that the league would take this action because coaches are not allowed to be involved in deals between players. In an act to circumvent this rule, the Clippers and Celtics would find a way to separate the deals and make it seem as if they have nothing to do with each other.
League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal and Rivers were related.
There will be a news conference in Boston on Monday and Rivers will clear up the air and explain why he is leaving Boston after nine seasons, according to MacMullan. Hopefully, this will put some rumors about Doc hating Rajon Rondo, not wanting to rebuild, and any other false truths to rest.