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Clippers, Rivers agree to contract extension

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 27 2014 12:02:30 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 27 2014 02:47:09 PM CDT
Doc Rivers

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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Rivers, who also serves as the team's president of basketball operations.

In the wake of the scandal involving former owner Donald Sterling this year, Rivers previously expressed uncertainty about his future with the Clippers.

Sterling officially sold the team earlier this month to Steve Ballmer, who bid an NBA-record $2 billion to purchase the franchise after the league suspended Sterling for life and ordered the sale of the team because of his racist remarks that were captured on tape.

"This is an important day for this organization," Ballmer said in a statement. "I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court.

"Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."

Rivers, 53, took over as head coach of the Clippers in June 2013 and led Los Angeles to the best record in franchise history (57-25, .695) and a second straight Pacific Division title. He became president of basketball operations on June 16.

"Steve has shown a clear and determined desire to make the Clippers one of the most elite, first-class and championship organizations in all of professional sports," Rivers said in a statement. "We know we have work to do to get there, but I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with Steve as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title."

Entering his 16th season as a head coach, Rivers is one of just three active coaches (Gregg Popovich, Flip Saunders) to win at least 600 games and his 644 career regular-season wins is second among active coaches in victories. Rivers, the 1999-2000 NBA Coach of the Year, led the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship.

A former Clippers point guard (1991-92), Rivers coached in Boston from 2004-2013 and prior to that led the Orlando Magic from 1999-2003.

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