Rivers Named Clippers’ Coach, Executive
The Los Angeles Clippers officially announced Glenn “Doc” Rivers on Tuesday — not only as head coach but also senior vice president of basketball operations.
Rivers will replace Vinny Del Negro, whose contract was not renewed after three seasons. His contract is believed to be $21 million over the next three seasons.
The team will hold a press conference to introduce Rivers on Wednesday.
Rivers’ basketball operations title is almost identical to Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks, but with the added word “senior” — suggesting that Rivers has a higher position.
According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, as part of the agreement to acquire Rivers, the Clippers and Celtics cannot exchange players until the end of the 2013-14 season.
The original deal between the two teams involved DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Garnett and another draft pick. Commissioner David Stern ruled the two teams violated the rules of the collective bargaining agreement and blocked the transaction.
The Clippers are permitted to compensate the Celtics for Rivers with a draft pick but not any players. The limitation on any player transactions over the next year would give the league assurances that a side deal has not been struck.
Los Angeles expects to bring back free agent point guard Chris Paul, whose top choice for head coach was believed to be Rivers.
Free agency starts on July 1, although teams cannot sign players until July 10.