Doc Rivers Traded to Clippers in Exchange for Draft Pick

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The doctor is out in Boston.

Following days' worth of rumors and speculations, the Celtics and Clippers completed an unusual trade last night, though it is pending official league approval:

Head Coach Doc Rivers has been dealt to Los Angeles in exchange for that club's 2015 draft pick.

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The Clippers are expected to sign Rivers to a three-year/$21 million contract, hoping his hiring assures a return of free agent Chris Paul and enables the franchise to take a step farther in the playoffs next season.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are in rebuilding mode and saw no need to pay $7 million per year to a coach who had no chance of leading them to a title.

Boston has scheduled a news conference scheduled for noon today, where, insiders confirm, Rivers is expected to explain his decision to leave the city after nine mostly successful seasons.