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Clippers land Doc Rivers

The Clippers fired Vinny Del Negro despite having their best season ever but it's hard to question now that they landed Doc Rivers.

The Clippers fired Vinny Del Negro despite having their best season ever but it’s hard to question now that they landed Doc Rivers.

ESPN.com has reported that the Los Angeles Clippers have reached and agreement with the Boston Celtics that pending league approval will sent coach Doc Rivers to the City of Angels.

For a 2015 first round draft pick as compensation the Celtics have agreed to release Rivers from the three years, $21 million remaining on his contract and the Clippers will sign him to a same three-year, $21 million deal.

Commissioner David Stern originally nixed the deal between the teams that also included Kevin Garnett and possibly even Paul Pierce because a coaches salary does not count against the salary cap and therefore could not be used in a trade for players. Any deal including Garnett involving the Clippers will be on hold and closely monitored by the league.

But the Clippers made the move in hopes of getting Chris Paul to sign a new five-year max deal in July when he becomes a free agent. Paul did not like the offensive system that Vinny Del Negro ran last season and despite the Clippers having their best record in franchise history he was fired shortly after their season ended.

While getting an established and respected coach like Rivers is definitely a move in the right direction to keeping the best point guard in the league even that may not be enough. Rumors have it that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin do not like each other at all and with Griffin having four more years left on his contract and the Clippers very content with having him as the face of their franchise Paul may move on.

And honestly, even though the Clippers win, keeping the two (and DeAndre Jordan who is also a part of the triangle of hate) doesn’t make much sense. Paul is a slower-paced, methodical point guard who wants to set up an offense but Griffin likes to run up and down the court, make the flashy plays and speed things up. They are both really good so the Clippers won but just not effectively and when they went to the playoffs they were bounced in the first round.

The Clippers are making a very nice try to keep the two together and even if one does leave having either Paul or Griffin with Doc Rivers is better than any option that doesn’t involve Phil Jackson or the Ghost of Red Auerbach.

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