According to sources who have been speaking to ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principle to a deal with the Boston Celtics to acquire coach Doc Rivers, pending approval from the league. These sources say Rivers is all set to sign a three-year, $21 million contract with the Clippers, and in exchange the team will send a 2015 first-round pick as compensation to the Celtics.
The Clippers hope this move will convince Chris Paul, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, to sign a new fiver-year max deal with the club. Contrary to popular rumors, Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ director of basketball operations, has been working hand in hand with Rivers to get a deal done that would satisfy both parties. Celtics ownership, which blanched at the thought of paying a coach $7 million a season for a team that will not be in contention for a division title, never mind an NBA title, is also on board with Rivers’ departure.