The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers' trade negotiations surrounding Doc Rivers have gone back and forth over the past week, but the teams have reportedly finally come to an agreement.
ESPN's Jackie MacMullan has the news:
Sources confirmed on Sunday that the Clippers will sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract. They will send a first-round pick as compensation for the Boston Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.
Although the deal is not yet official, this is easily as close to completion as it has been since talk began. Rivers' son Austin, guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, is clearly ready to take on his dad a little more often:
Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times has more information regarding the draft pick being dealt by the Clips:
I'm sure the Celtics would have liked to add another selection in what is expected to be a stacked 2014 draft, but there is still plenty of more talent further on the horizon. According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, this trade is apparently going down at the 11th hour:
That equals rough news for Byron Scott, per The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman:
ESPN Stats & Info puts Rivers' tenure with Boston into perspective:
Although this is the beginning of the end for the Celtics' most recent championship-caliber era, ESPN's Fran Fraschilla likes the deal for Boston:
Chicago Bulls voice Chuck Swirsky states his problem with the trade:
As the Washington Post's Michael Lee points out, his departure from the historically successful Celtics signals a bit of a changing of the guard in NBA:
It also exemplifies the amazing turnover currently going on within the head coaching ranks, per ESPN's Jeremy Lundblad:
ESPN's Stats & Info expands on that same topic:
Seemingly, no head coach is safe.
Of course, this trade is especially notable for the effect it will have on superstar free-agent-to-be Chris Paul.
Most believed the addition of Rivers would sway him to say in Los Angeles, and ESPN's Marc Stein confirmed that belief:
As Hardwood Paroxysm points out, that may not mean Paul and Kevin Garnett become the best of friends, especially if the latter is stuck in Boston during the rebuilding process:
But, hey, after all of that, let's not get ahead of ourselves. The deal isn't yet official, and as the SportsCenter parody account reminds us, commissioner David Stern has stopped a trade once before: