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Celtics Start Rebuilding, Give Doc Rivers to the Clippers

Doc Rivers exits stage right, heading out west to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, pending league approval. (Photo courtesy of WEEI)

After weeks of wondering what the future of the Boston Celtics would look like, and the recent on-and-off discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers, the new era of the Celtics begins.

According to multiple sources, including ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Doc Rivers and the Clippers have agreed to send an unprotected 2015 first round draft pick to the Celtics in exchange for Boston releasing Rivers from the three years remaining on his five-year, $35 million dollar contract. The Clippers will then sign Rivers for an identical three years, $21 million.

This deal is still pending the NBA’s approval, but that will certainly not be an issue. The previous deal the Celtics had with the Clippers involved sending DeAndre Jordan and a future second round pick for Rivers and Kevin Garnett, but that deal was shot down by David Stern.

Danny Ainge originally scheduled a press conference on Friday, but it was quickly postponed until Monday as the Clippers returned to the bargaining table.

This is the first step in the rebuilding process for the Celtics. The rest of the summer should be an interesting one, as the Celtics move forward from an excellent coach after nine seasons that brought a title back to Boston in 2008.

It would not be surprising to hear any rumors of Danny Ainge trying to shop Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce rekindling in the next couple months.

Rivers took time after losing to the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs to decide his future. He knew the writing on the wall that the Celtics were moving forward from the current squad of veterans, and now he will be on his way to L.A. to coach the Clippers. His arrival should guarantee Chris Paul‘s signature on a five-year, maximum contract when he officially becomes a free agent on July 1.

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