The NBA approved the deal that puts coach Doc Rivers as the new coach of the Los Angeles Clippers and gives the Boston Celtics a few future picks for letting go of the manager that took them to two NBA Finals; wining one of those.
NBA Sources confirmed Rivers signed with the Clips for three years and $21 million, giving away a 2015 first-round draft pick as compensation in the deal to the Celtics.
The NBA did confirm any other deal between Los Angeles and Boston will be blocked, especially anything involving Kevin Garnett, who was part of the deal initially.
“I can’t speak for the other guys, but I’m not angry at all,” Celtics guard Jeff Green said. “I’m happy for him.”
The Celtics reached the playoffs in each of the past six seasons under Rivers; they won five consecutive Atlantic Division titles from 2007-08 to 2011-12, and reached the NBA finals in 2008, and 2010.
“I think the Clippers organization is showing that they’ll do whatever they think needs to be done to put us in a position to compete for a championship,” Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. “Obviously, Doc is one of the top coaches in the league and has championship pedigree. This should be fun!”
The Los Angeles Clippers jumped from 15-1 odds to win the title in 2014 to 10-1 with the news of the Doc Rivers deal.
“From what I hear, he’s a great man that demands respect, one of high character [who] stands on principle,” Clippers forward Caron Butler said. “He’s a great player’s coach, and he rewards hard work. I’m glad he’s here. Hopefully we all can have our fingerprints on bringing a title to L.A.”