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Doc Rivers signs extension with Clippers through 2019

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With a new owner in place, the Los Angeles Clippers are keeping their head coach and President of Basketball Operations, Doc Rivers. The Clippers announced on Wednesday that they have signed Rivers to a contract extension that lasts through the 2019 season.

New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer called Rivers’ extension “an important day for the organization“.

“This is an important day for this organization, 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 has won back-to-back Pacific division titles in his two seasons with the Clippers, but found himself prepared to leave the organization in wake of the Donald Sterling scandal, which shook the entire team and NBA. With Ballmer as the new owner, Rivers seems more ready than ever to achieve championship success with the Clippers.

“Steve has shown a clear and determined desire to make the Clippers one of the most elite, first-class and championship organizations in all of professional sports,” Rivers said. “We know we have work to do to get there, but I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with Steve as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title.”

Now that Donald Sterling is gone, Steve Ballmer is in, and Doc Rivers is extended, the Clippers have to shift all focus on making a run for an NBA title.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Rivers’ contract will be worth more than $50 million over 5 years.

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