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Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (52) / 10/13/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210

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Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said that Doc River left the Celtics and that it was Rivers' idea.
"The moves are just rumored," he said of the Doc Rivers trade. "I mean, Doc left us, period. Doc left us. No spin will take that away. It was his idea and he left, and we made the best of it." Rivers literally left, so the context of the quote is up for debate and the degree of the idea from Rivers to join the Clippers isn't completely clear. He might have been able to stay with the Celtics had he wanted to, but there really hasn't been any evidence to support that claim. Mon, Jul 8, 2013 09:39:00 AM

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Doc Rivers' new job with the Clippers also includes the title of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

We knew that Rivers would have some say in personnel, but this a stronger title than we expected. It's unclear exactly how much say he'll have in building the roster, although we'd guess it's more than he would've had in Boston under GM Danny Ainge. "Doing more than just coaching is appealing, helping build a team. (Boston general manager Danny Ainge) and I did, but Danny did so much of the work," Rivers said Wednesday. "They're going to do the same stuff. But it's nice to have more input. That's something every coach wants."
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 01:00:00 PM

Doc Rivers disputed Danny Ainge's claim that he said he was planning to return as Celtics coach.

Rivers' comment was in relation to a statement Ainge made saying that Rivers had decided to return as Boston's coach, which the now-former Celtics coach says he hadn't told Ainge. Rivers said at the time Ainge made that statement he was considering taking a break from coaching, which he first started thinking about after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs by the Knicks. Rivers did say he had decided to return to the Celtics on Sunday after he thought the trade to the Clippers fell apart. After Ainge informed him the team had made the deal after all, Rivers reconsidered the move and decided it was best for all parties. While Rivers' account of things appears to differ pretty significantly from Ainge's version, the one thing that's clear is we're glad this saga is finally over and done.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 05:29:00 PM

The Clippers finally introduced Doc Rivers as coach Wednesday afternoon.

Rivers said he was still preparing to coach the Celtics as late as Sunday and was even discussing Boston's personnel with GM Danny Ainge. According to Rivers, Ainge informed the coach a couple hours later he would be heading to Los Angeles after both sides finally agreed to compensation. It will be interesting to see how Rivers' coach style translates with the Clippers' personnel, particularly with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who will likely have a lot more expected of them on the defensive side of the ball under Rivers.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 02:38:00 PM

Doc Rivers has formally signed his contract with the Clippers.

At long last, we can put this Rivers saga behind us. He'll be introduced to the media on Wednesday as he begins a three-year, $21 million pact. No one can accuse Donald Sterling of being cheap on this deal. The Clips also gave up a first-round pick as compensation.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 03:31:00 PM

Doc Rivers will be introduced as Clippers head coach on Wednesday, a source told the Boston Herald.

Finally. Rivers will get a three-year deal worth $21 million and has finally hammered out the language in his deal. He'll take over a Clippers team where he's expected to coach Chris Paul and look for a way to get Los Angeles over the playoff hump. Rivers will get personnel say similar to what Gregg Popovich has in San Antonio.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 01:28:00 PM

Doc Rivers' deal with the Clippers is being held up because his representatives are negotiating the language in his contract with Los Angeles, sources told ESPN.

ESPN had previously reported that the deal was done, but that's not the case. As soon as Rivers' contract language is finalized, the deal will be approved by the league. The NBA is not holding up the deal despite reports to the contrary.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 08:38:00 AM

The Clippers have an agreement in principle for Doc Rivers that includes an unprotected 2015 first-round pick going to the Celtics, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Rivers has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers. The league still has to approve the deal, but it shouldn't be an issue as long as no players are involved. Boston losing Rivers means they'll join the Sixers, Nuggets and Grizzlies as the teams still looking for a coach. Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw and Byron Scott are three high-profile candidates still on the market. As for the Clippers, getting Rivers should make Chris Paul a lock to remain in LA. Boston and the Clippers ranked 20th and 19th in pace last year, respectively, so there shouldn't be too much fantasy fallout from the coaching change.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 06:16:00 PM

Denver Nuggets reached out to Boston again over the weekend about Doc Rivers, per Sport Illustrated's Chris Mannix.

Mannix adds that Rivers has little interest in coaching Nuggets, which makes sense. The terms of a contract between the Nuggets and Rivers would likely need to be agreed upon for this deal to work out, so this offer might not matter. This story has more twists and turns than a roller coaster and hopefully it will come to an end in the next couple days.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 05:22:00 PM

The NBA league office will take a "skeptical view" of any Doc Rivers transaction, CBS sports reports.

Since Rivers is still under contract and the league will need to approve the Rivers deal, the Clippers and Celtics coming to terms doesn't necessarily mean it will be allowed. The deal is not allowed to be attached to players and Donald Sterling has yet to sign off on the salary demands, which becomes a road block, as well. Danny Ainge and Rivers are expected to have an answer on Monday and Rivers could be released from his contract instead of being dealt for a fairly irrelevant draft pick.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 05:04:00 PM

The Clippers have offered the Celtics a 2015 first-round pick for rights to coach Doc Rivers and the sides are near an agreement, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Rivers and the Clippers are discussing a possible five-year, $35 million contract and the trade will not be finalized until the two parties agree to terms. The Clippers have held firm in resisting from dealing their 2013 first-round pick while Boston isn't willing to take a second-round pick. Danny Ainge and Rivers were also expected to have an answer by Monday. Additionally, the word on the street is Chris Paul is "unhappy" with the Clippers not able to get Doc yet. There have been tons of rumors about this potential trade for almost two weeks, so hopefully this deal is made soon.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 04:03:00 PM

Doc Rivers could announce his plans for the 2013-14 season as soon as Monday, and there is "still a chance" that he'll wind up with the Clippers.

The on-again, off-again trade drama should conclude within the next few days, mercifully. The Boston Globe reports that the "most plausible options" are still Rivers either coaching the Celtics or returning to a broadcasting career.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Doc Rivers and GM Danny Ainge plan to talk through the weekend and have an answer on the coach's future with Celtics on Monday, according to Yahoo! Sports.

On the west coast, the Clippers are also reportedly not willing to budge on their price of a second-round pick for Rivers. As much press as this story has been getting, it seems clear that the Celtics may have a tough time keeping Rivers happy about their team's outlook for 2013-14. The Clippers also not having a coach speaks volumes about their interest in Rivers.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 08:00:00 PM

A source tells Yahoo Sports that Doc Rivers will no longer pursue the Clippers' coaching job.

The Clippers are reportedly willing to meet Rivers' contract demands, but they're not prepared to give in to the Celtics' demand of a first-round draft pick. So for now, with talks stalled, Rivers is allegedly moving on. Still, as we've seen with this story, there are many twists and turns. We won't believe Doc will be back as the Celtics' coach until the Clippers fill their opening. It's going to be really hard for him to come back to Boston after desperately trying to get out.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 04:58:00 PM

The Celtics and Doc Rivers are "rapidly reaching belief" that there's no deal to be made with the Clippers.

The Clippers don't want to give up a first-rounder for the rights to Doc and the Celtics won't accept a second-rounder. So a stare-down has ensued. Rivers is reportedly flying back to his home in Orlando to see how this plays out. The leak could be a ploy from the Celtics to make the Clips blink.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 04:31:00 PM

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