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Report: NBA approves Rivers to Clippers deal

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The NBA approved the trade of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The Clippers are expected to sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract, and the Celtics will receive a 2015 first-round draft pick as compensation.

The deal still has not been completed, and that may because the Clippers are working through some details in Rivers' contract that will make him more than just the head coach. According to Sports City, Rivers will also take control of the basketball operation even though he may not be given that title. It would be similar to the arrangement Gregg Popovich has with the San Antonio Spurs.

The deal between the Clippers and Celtics was reported Sunday night but needed league approval.

Any trade between the two teams involving Celtics forward Kevin Garnett going to the Clippers must be put on hold to make sure the deals are completed separately. Teams cannot trade players and coaches in the same deal.

NBA commissioner David Stern said last week that any trade agreement between the Celtics and Clippers involving Garnett that is part of the Rivers deal violates league rules.

Rivers' arrival in Los Angeles could be enough to convince point guard Chris Paul to re-sign with the team. He is set to be a free agent on July 1.

Rivers coached the Celtics for nine of his 14 seasons as an NBA coach. He spent one season of his playing career with the Clippers in 1991-92.It hasn't happened yet, but it isn't because of a holdup on the league's part. The deal has yet to be finalized and sent for approval, and the reason why may involve a much bigger role for Rivers with the Clippers beyond just being the team's head coach.

A report from A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.comstates that the reason for the delay is due to the Clippers working through the details of Rivers' new contract, and Mark Heisler (writing for Sports City) gives us some insight into the particulars.

SportsCity has learned Doc Rivers will not only become coach, he'll take control of the basketball operation without title, like Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.

This would explain the reason for the holdup, and would obviously be huge news for the Clippers organization.

L.A.'s historically junior professional basketball team has lacked legitimacy essentially since the beginning of time. It's been nothing but one losing season afte
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