The Los Angeles Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension that will pay the veteran coach upwards of $10 million per season. The extension extends through the 2018-19 NBA season.
Rivers had two years remaining on a three-year deal he signed back in 2013. He was expected to make $21 million over the original three years, in which he made the move from Boston (Celtics) to Los Angeles (Lakers).
“This is an important day for this organization,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court. 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. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team.”
Rivers led the Clippers to their best record in franchise history this past year (57-25) and was recently promoted to president of basketball operations during the offseason.
On the raise, perhaps it couldn’t have been said better than this.
Doc Rivers the coach is worth $7 mil. Doc rivers the leader is worth $2.5 mil. Doc rivers the GM is worth .5 mil.
— Sarabi (@Trisity_) August 27, 2014
Either way, Doc is getting paid and probably deservingly so. It’s now time that he shows he’s worth eight figures. Second round exits aren’t going to cut it anymore for Rivers, or the Clippers.