On Friday, Doc Rivers told the Los Angeles Clippers that he wasn't interested in leaving Boston. Today, that statement is looking more and more like a bargaining strategy—the Clippers just agreed to send a first-round draft pick to the Celtics in exchange for their head coach, and Rivers has signed off on a three-year, $21 million deal with L.A.
Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski says the deal survived thanks, in part, to Chris Paul pressuring Clippers management over the weekend to reconsider its decision to not send a first-round pick to Boston. Now, it looks like Paul will almost assuredly sign a five-year contract extension with L.A., while the C's head into rebuilding mode. It was a good run.