Source: Mark Murphy / Boston Herald
One of the most protracted negotiations in Celtics history is expected to end tomorrow, when the Clippers plan to introduce Doc Rivers as their new head coach.
According to a source close to the coach, Rivers plans to fly to Los Angeles today and will finally sign his contract tomorrow in the presence of Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The agreement is said to be a three-year deal worth $21 million — the same amount and time remaining on his Celtics contract before all of this took place.
Talks have dragged on in recent days, not because of any disagreement between the Clippers and Celtics, who will receive what is expected to be a 2015 first-round draft pick, but because Rivers wanted to make sure his agreement with Sterling was air tight.
Rivers is expected to have personnel power on the level of San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. The Clippers have operated in a personnel vacuum for at least a year, making decisions without benefit of a general manager. Though Rivers enjoyed an exceptional working relationship with his now-former boss, Danny Ainge, he will now have the final say on all player decisions.
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