The “Boston Globe” reported on Sunday, that the Boston Celtics will hold a press conference, Monday at noon; at which time they will announce that long-time bench boss Doc Rivers, will be let out of the last three years of his contract with the club, to sign a similar deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics will receive an unprotected first round draft pick in the 2015 NBA Draft from the Clippers, as compensation, for allowing Rivers to leave the club. The former NBA point guard, who coached the Celtics for the last nine seasons, is expected to ink a three-year pact with Los Angeles, calling for $21 million over the life of the pact.
The Clippers having Rivers as their next head coach, is expected to convince All-Star point guard Chris Paul to re-sign with the franchise, when he becomes a Free Agent on July 1. The coach, along with Boston’s President Of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, transformed the Celtics, from cellar dwellers in the Association, to winning the NBA Finals in 2008 and another Finals appearance in 2010, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Boston, window of opportunity to be legitimate Title contenders, has closed and Rivers was not enthused of spending the final three years of his contract in a rebuild situation. Reportedly the owners of the Celtics, approved the move, as the team would have paid the veteran bench boss, $7 million per season. The two teams had also been discussing including players in the deal, however NBA Commissioner David Stern, let it be known the Association would not allow that deal to be approved.