Doc Rivers

In the News

6/27/2013, 6 a.m.

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics have reached an agreement to release coach Doc Rivers from his contract with the Celtics and allow him to sign with Los Angeles in exchange for a 2015 first-round draft pick.

The Clippers have also agreed to pick up the three years and $21 million left on his current contract.

The deal still awaits approval from NBA Commissioner David Stern.

An NBA player for 13 seasons with the Hawks, Clippers, Knicks and Spurs, Rivers received his first coaching job with the Orlando Magic in 1999, but he was fired in 2003, 11 games into his fifth season with them.

The Celtics hired Rivers in April 2004. Rivers just completed his ninth season as the coach of the Celtics and has a career record of 587-473. He was named the coach of the year for the 1999-2000 season and won a title with the Celtics in 2008.

Rivers posted a 416-305 regular-season record as Celtics coach, the third-most wins in franchise history behind Tom Heinsohn (427) and Red Auerbach (795).

In the postseason, Rivers went 59-47, the third-most wins for a Celtics coach behind Auerbach (90) and K.C. Jones (65).