After some early morning hangups in contract talks, it looks like Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers will be finalizing contract negotiations on Tuesday with the intention of introducing Rivers as the new head coach of the Clippers on Wednesday.
According to the Boston Herald, both the Clippers and Doc Rivers will be officially united with in the next 24 hours.
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.
Mark Murphy points out that Doc Rivers was within his rights to be cautious about entering into business with Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Rivers was traded by Sterling back when he was a player and the head coach came out years later as saying it was not the best time in his life and that had to do with the situation and atmosphere created by Sterling.
This also sheds light on why Chris Paul might have been so upset with Sterling this offseason and explains why Sterling shoveled blame elsewhere when it came to firing Vinny Del Negro.
Rivers contract with the Clippers will be for three-years and $21 million.