Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers agree to extension

By Leighton Schneider,

The Los Angeles Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a new contract extension that will go to the end of the 2018-2019 NBA season.

The terms of the extension were not released in a statement by the Clippers.

Earlier this summer, Rivers said he would not coach the Clippers next season as long as Donald Sterling was still the owner of the franchise. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is now the owner of the Clippers.

In the Clippers' statement, Ballmer said that this is a big day for the franchise and that he is ready to work with Rivers to make a championship team.

“Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent," Ballmer said. "It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."

Last season was Rivers' first with the Clippers as coach and the president of basketball operations. He led the team to a 57-25 record after coaching the Boston Celtics for nine seasons, according to ESPN.

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