NBA roundup: League approves Clippers' acquisition of Rivers

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The NBA approved the trade of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN Boston reported Monday.
The Clippers are expected to sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract. The Celtics will receive a 2015 first-round draft pick as compensation.
The deal 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.

---The perpetual partying in South Beach since the arrival of the "Big Three" won't be ending anytime soon.
Crossing sections of the same stage used to welcome LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in 2010, the Heat celebrated their 2013 NBA Championship with their fans Monday at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
"The main thing is the main thing -- championships," James said, after being introduced as the greatest player in the world by Heat TV sideline reporter Jason Jackson.

---ESPN confirmed Monday that Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant hired hip-hop mogul Jay-Z's firm Roc Nation to represent him.
ESPN business reporter Dan Rovell tweeted: "It's Official: Jay-Z has signed Kevin Durant. Roc Nation Sports spokesman Ron Berkowitz has confirmed."
With the addition of Durant, Roc Nation's client list includes New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and WNBA player Skylar Diggins.
Jay-Z was recently licensed to work as an NBA agent, while Juan Perez, the president of Roc Nation Sports, was certified with the National Basketball Players Association.

---Former Chicago Bulls guard Scottie Pippen was involved in a fight outside a restaurant Sunday night in Malibu, Calif., according to TMZ.
The fight reportedly resulted in a person being taken way in an ambulance. Pippen was outside the restaurant, Nobu Malibu, when the incident occurred but had left the scene by the time police arrived.

---CSKA Moscow will play the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Euroleague American Tour 2013 in October.
Euroleague Basketball and the NBA jointly announced that the Russian championship team will play the Timberwolves on Oct. 7. CSKA will also visit the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 9.

--- The Philadelphia 76ers dismissed chief executive officer Adam Aron, multiple media outlets reported.
Aron also had an ownership stake in the team, but it is unclear whether he retained those ownership rights after being fired as CEO.
Aron was primarily involved with the team's marketing arm and was never part of the team's basketball operations.

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