After a deal between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics that would send veteran forward Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles in exchange for assets to Boston was virtually shot down by NBA commissioner David Stern and earlier in the week, the sides have apparently finally come to an agreement that will allow the Celtics to release Rivers from his contract and coach the Clippers next season.
According to Y! Sports Adrian Wojnaworski, the Clippers will be sending a 2015 first round draft pick as compensation for releasing Rivers from his current contract. The Clippers are said to be working out terms on a five-year, $35 million contract with Rivers to coach in Los Angeles:
Clippers, Celtics are agreeing upon a 2015 unprotected first-round pick, league source tells Y! Rivers, Clippers still finalizing contract.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 23, 2013
Pending free agent Chris Paul is expected to sign a long term max contract extension to remain with the Clippers was an advocate of the trade being pushed forward after talks broke numerous times over the past week.
The Clippers parted with head coach Vinny Del Negro after the team suffered a first round exit despite winning a franchise-record 56 games this past season, creating a void in their head coaching position. Reports were saying that Los Angeles was targeting Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw or Byron Scott as the likely candidates to replace Del Negro before the opportunity to land Rivers, who won a championship with the Celtics in 2008, became a reality.
The Clippers may also be able to land career-Celtic Paul Pierce as a free agent if the Celtics buy out the last year of his contract for $5 million as well as Garnett in separate future transactions. Pierce was slated to make a salary of $15.3 million for the 2013-2014 season, but it appears unlikely that Boston would keep Pierce the 35-year old around in a rebuilding year for that high of a salary.
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