06/25/2013 06:04 pm ET

Clippers Announce Doc Rivers' Role As Coach, Senior V.P. Of Basketball Operations


The Doc is in, finally.

After weeks of protracted and often public negotiations with the Boston Celtics and the NBA, the Clippers announced on Tuesday that Doc Rivers has been named the team's head coach as well as the organization's senior vice president of basketball operations.

According to the Clippers' statement, Boston agreed to release Rivers from his contract in exchange for a future first-round selection in the 2015 NBA Draft. In a brief statement of their own, the Celtics also announced the departure of the 51-year-old Rivers.

A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Citing unnamed sources, Jackie MacMullen of ESPNBoston reported on Sunday that the Rivers and the Clippers had agreed to terms on a three-year, $21 million contract.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers is the Los Angeles Clippers' new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations.

The Clippers finalized the championship-winning coach's move from the Boston Celtics on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and reversals.

Boston will get a future first-round pick from the Clippers for Rivers, who went 416-305 and won the 2008 NBA title during nine seasons with the Celtics.

The 51-year-old Rivers is replacing Vinny Del Negro, who wasn't re-signed after going 56-26 and winning the Pacific Division title during the most successful season in franchise history.

Rivers played one season for the Clippers in 1991-92 during his 13-year NBA career.

The Clippers will introduce Rivers at a news conference Wednesday.


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