According to ESPN, Doc Rivers has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Philadelphia 76rs.
Rivers just recently departed from the LA Clippers three days ago. This move will put him back in the Atlantic Division, where he will be rivals with the Boston Celtics. He won an NBA title in 2009 as the Celtics head coach.
The Sixers general manager Elton Brand reached out to Rivers and his agent, Lonnie Cooper on Monday, to discuss the Sixers job. Rivers had a meeting on Wednesday with owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, they were negotiating a multi-year deal. Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was originally considered for the position.
58-year-old Rivers still had two years left on his Clippers contract. So he will owe a significant sum of money, although typically there are offset agreements on the payout put into place should a coach be hired in a new job.
The Sixers also interviewed Clippers assistant Ty Lue this week, sources said, but Lue is emerging as a strong candidate to replace Rivers with the Clippers. The Clippers are planning to interview other candidates, starting soon, sources said.