After a swift publicity and negotiation, Doc Rivers has reached an settlement on a five-year contract to turn out to be the subsequent Philadelphia 76ers coach, sources instructed ESPN Thursday.
Rivers’ take care of the Sixers comes simply three days after he parted methods with the LA Clippers. It additionally means he can be returning to the Atlantic Division, the place he can be a serious competitor to the Boston Celtics, the place Rivers received an NBA title as a coach in 2009.
Elton Model, Basic Supervisor of Sixers, reached out to Rivers and his agent Lonnie Cooper on Monday to measure curiosity within the Sixers job. Rivers was quickly on a flight to Philadelphia, the place on Wednesday conferences with Model, house owners Josh Harris, and David Blitzer swiftly steered the websites in direction of negotiating a multi-year deal.
Rivers is taking on a Sixers group that misplaced within the first spherical of the Japanese Convention playoffs and continues to think about modifications to a roster that Model has continued to find out to construct round all-stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Rivers was a late entry right into a course of that more and more targeted on former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni.
Rivers was so intrigued by the roster, market and group that they may fly from the west coast to abide by Philadelphia’s hierarchy.
He succeeds Brett Brown, who had the job seven seasons however was fired after the 76ers have been defeated within the first spherical of the Boston Japanese Convention playoffs. Philadelphia hasn’t received an NBA championship since 1983.
The 58-year-old Rivers had two years left on his Clippers contract, in keeping with sources, so he continues to be owed a big amount of cash, though compensation agreements are normally in place for the payout if a coach is employed for a brand new job.
Within the seven seasons of Rivers on the helm, the Clippers went between 356 and 208, profitable 63.1% of their common season video games – the fifth-best document within the NBA and the most effective of any group and not using a convention finals.
The Clippers went 49-23 that common season, the fourth-best document in franchise historical past, however they missed a 3-1 lead within the Western Convention semifinals in opposition to the Denver Nuggets, giving up 16, 19 and 12 factors on the Drought within the finals of the Western Convention of the franchise reached 50 years.
Rivers was the coach in 5 of the Clippers’ six greatest common seasons, however he went with the Clippers 3-Eight in potential playoff collection clinch video games tied for worst grade by a single coach with a group.
Rivers, who coached the Orlando Magic alongside the Clippers and Celtics, has 943 profession wins – eleventh place of all time by a head coach of all time.
Sixers’ assistant coach Kevin Younger additionally interviewed for the job as head coach and made a robust impression on the group.
The Sixers additionally interviewed Clippers assistant Ty Lue this week, sources mentioned, however Lue is a robust candidate to interchange Rivers with the Clippers. The Clippers plan to interview extra candidates quickly, sources mentioned.
The New Orleans Pelicans plan to proceed interviewing Lue within the close to future. David Griffin, government vice chairman of basketball operations at Lue and Pelicans, is intently linked and primarily working collectively to win an NBA title in Cleveland in 2016.