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Clippers reach deal to hire Doc Rivers as coach

Clippers reach deal to hire Doc Rivers as coach
Posted Sunday, June 23rd 2013 @ 3pm

The Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement in principle to send an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for the rights to hire coach Doc Rivers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Talks started again on Sunday when the Clippers offered the Celtics the first-round pick to freeRivers from his contract with Boston, sources said.

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 Clippers and Rivers believe Rivers' arrival will solidify star free agent Chris Paul's commitment to sign a five-year contract extension after he becomes a free agent in July, sources said.

READ MORE: Yahoo! Sports

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