Clippers reach deal with Celtics for Doc Rivers

DETROIT (WXYZ) - After weeks of negotiations, the Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers could be headed to Hollywood after all.

According to reports, the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principle to a deal to send a 2015 first round pick to the Celtics in return for the right to enter into contract negotiations with Doc Rivers. The news comes just days after Rivers reportedly told the Clippers he was no longer interested in the job.

Since league rules prevent trading a player for a coach, the deal would have to be approved by the NBA first before the two sides can move forward. League commissioner David Stern recently expressed alarm over reported trade negotiations involving Rivers and Kevin Garnett heading to the Clippers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and two first round picks. 

The Clippers are hoping that with Rivers occupying the head coaching seat, free agent Chris Paul will want to occupy the starting point guard position for the organization and sign a five-year contract extension in July.
 

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