Doc Rivers informed the Los Angeles Clippers that he is no longer a candidate for the franchise's coaching job and will use the weekend to decide his coaching future with the Boston Celtics, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
After further talks on compensation between the Celtics and Clippers failed to produce an agreement on Friday afternoon, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and Rivers' frustration with the negotiations caused both to leave the process, league sources said.
Rivers had his agent tell the Clippers of his decision, sources said.
Ainge had wanted a first-round draft pick from the Clippers to let Rivers out of his contract, but the Clippers offered only a future second-round pick, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Within the NBA, there had been growing doubt that owner Donald Sterling wanted to pay the five-year, $35 million contract he had negotiated with Rivers, nor give up any first-round picks in the deal.
Free-agent star Chris Paul pushed the Clippers to hire Rivers as coach, but will have to settle for Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw or Byron Scott if he plans to re-sign with Los Angeles in July. Paul is unhappy with the fallout over the failed deal, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night.
Rivers plans to have a decision on Monday. He is choosing between staying with Boston for his 10th season or leaving for television. If Rivers does leave the job, the Celtics will still require compensation before he can accept a job elsewhere in the NBA.
The Celtics were using Rivers as an asset to help in the rebuilding of the franchise, and his desire to coach for a championship contender ultimately led them to work together on the Clippers' job.
Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his contract. He won the 2008 NBA title as coach of the Celtics, and reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010.
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