The Los Angeles Clippers were previously thought to be involved in contractual negotiations with head coach Doc Rivers regarding an extension, however, the two sides have yet to officially begin talks.
Doc Rivers was allegedly considering leaving the franchise if the team was to be kept under control of the Sterling ownership, however Rivers seems more than willing to remain with the Clippers after the team was sold to billionaire software tycoon Steve Ballmer.
Ballmer would not comment on a possible multiyear extension for Rivers, perhaps in part because the parties have not held an in-depth conversation since Ballmer assumed control of the team.
“Everything I know about Doc, I’m just 100% behind,” Ballmer said of Rivers, who has two more years left on his contract. “I think he’s phenomenal. I’m lucky he’s got a contract that runs a little while longer, but we have plenty of time to talk and I look forward to doing that.”
Rivers is one of the top coaches in the NBA and will certainly be able to cash in when the two sides do begin talks on an extension. There’s little reason for the Los Angeles Clippers to move on from Rivers given his resume and Rivers himself has little reason to walk from the Clippers given the new impressive ownership group and extremely talented roster.
Given that, it seems that it’s a matter of when, not if that Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers will get together and potentially iron out the kinks on a new deal.