Shortly after it was reported that the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics had reached an agreement for compensation for head coach Doc Rivers, Y! Sports reports that the Clippers and Rivers have agreed in principle to a three-year contract:
Rivers has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers, league sources said.
The NBA still needs to grant approval to the deal, but the teams have been led to believe that won’t be a problem, sources said.
The three-year deal with the Clippers is virtually the same amount Rivers was owed by the Celtics before the teams agreed to a compensation package for the coach.
The Clippers still retain assets that can be used at a later time to acquire forwards Kevin Garnett and can pursue Paul Pierce in free agency, assuming the Celtics buy out his 2013-2014 contract for $5 million.
Landing Rivers to replace Vinny Del Negro all but secures the Clippers chances on re-signing Chris Paul to a max contract extension this summer.
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