BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- It's official. The worst kept secret in the NBA is now on the record as the Celtics announce that Doc Rivers has been released from his contract to pursue another coaching opportunity.
That job, of course, is with the Los Angeles Clippers, where Rivers signed a contract Tuesday, according to according to a tweet by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The deal is reportedly for three years and $21 million. That is the same amount of time and money that was left on his contract with the Celtics.
While Rivers is headed west, and the Celts will look for a new coach, Kevin Garnett will stay in Boston for the time being. The original plan was to package Rivers and Garnett to the Clippers, but the NBA said a deal of that nature would not be approved. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that part of the agreement between the Clippers and Celtics is that the teams are not allowed to complete player trades until after the upcoming season, meaning Kevin Garnett would not be allowed to be reunited with his now-former head coach.
The Celtics get an unprotected first round draft pick in 2015 from the Clippers for the release of Rivers.