Just over a month ago, Doc Rivers said that he’d agreed to an extension with the Clippers that would keep him in LA for years to come. However, at that time, the extension had not been finalized yet — just agreed to in principle.
That has since changed. Today, at the Clippers exit interviews, Doc told Andrew Greif of the LA Times that he’s officially signed his extension. The terms of the deal (in length or salary) are not known yet, but it has been indicated that the extension will be for a number of years.
This can only be seen as a good thing for the Clippers. Doc Rivers was one of the best coaches in the NBA this season, guiding them to 48 wins and a berth in the NBA playoffs. Once in the postseason, he came up with some creative gameplans and schemes to combat the overwhelming talent of the Golden State Warriors, and adjusted his rotations several times to match the way the series was going. He did a wonderful job all year, and will deservedly receive some votes for coach of the year.
Not only that, but Doc is also one of the most respected coaches in the NBA. Players love to play for him and want to play for him, and that is invaluable in free agency. With Doc around, the Clippers will always have a level of gravitas that they wouldn’t otherwise possess.
Congrats to Doc and the Clippers for working this out! Hopefully Doc will be the head coach of the LA Clippers for a long time to come.