One of the NBA’s best coaches won't be in the real estate market anytime soon.
The Clippers announced today that Doc Rivers signed an extension that will keep him in Los Angeles through the 2019 NBA season. The team did not reveal the terms of the extension, but it’s likely that Rivers will continue to be one of the top paid coaches in the league.
New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer spoke on the deal today.
“This is an important day for this organization,” Ballmer said. “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 previously said he wouldn’t sign any long term deal with the Clippers until former owner Donald Sterling was no longer with the team. With that roadblock out of the way, Rivers was more than happy to stay with the team he led to a franchise-best 57 wins last year.
With Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in town for the foreseeable future, there’s no reason the Rivers-led Clippers won't be in the hunt to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals come May.