Glenn “Doc” Rivers will take charge of the Los Angeles Clippers, replacing Vinny Del Negro, if the NBA approve the deal between them and the Boston Celtics.
The transfer would see Rivers sign a contract worth $21 million at the Clippers, but they will exchange a first-round draft pick with the Celtics to sign the coach.
It is a rare move to see a coach traded for a draft-pick, but not one that is completely unheard of and it remains legal.
Talks between the two sides have been going on for weeks now, but they appear to be coming close to a successful negotiation now.
Celtic’s spokesman, however, has been quiet about the situation, saying that the team had no announcement to make.
The deal would see Rivers leave the Clippers at a time of transition for the club, as they look to offload many of the players that won the NBA title for them back in 2008.
Rivers, though is frustrated that it is being portrayed that he has forced his way out of the club because he wasn’t motivated for the dismantling job, according to a source interviewed by ESPN: "Doc never said any such thing.
"He just wasn't sure if he could rev himself up for years of rebuilding. He never issued any ultimatums about anyone."
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