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Clippers again close to acquiring Celtics coach Doc Rivers

David Butler II | US PRESSWIRE
David Butler II | US PRESSWIRE
Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches from the sideline as they take on the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter at the TD Garden on Nov. 17, 2012.
By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

The Los Angeles Clippers are close to reaching an agreement to acquire coach Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics, Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday.

According to the report, based on information from sources, the Clippers would send a 2015 first-round draft pick to the Celtics to obtain the rights to Rivers.

Talks involving the acquisition of Rivers seemed to be dead when discussions broke off on Friday, and there were reports that Rivers was no longer interested in becoming the Clippers coach.

However, discussion began again on Sunday when the Clippers offered a first-round pick to the Celtics, who may be in a rebuilding mode.

The Celtics apparently agreed to accept a 2015 unprotected first-round pick.

The Clippers and Rivers still have to reach an agreement on a contract for the deal to be completed.

The parties are working out the specifics of a proposed five-year, $35 million contract, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Although Rivers told the Clippers on Friday he was no longer interested in in becoming the Clippers coach, Clippers guard Chris Paul continued to encourage Clippers management to pursue Rivers.

That may have persuaded the Clippers to give up the first-round pick the Celtics wanted.

The NBA would still need to approve the deal, and commissioner David Stern has said he won’t approve any deal for Rivers that is part of a player trade. The parties are hoping he will accept deal that involves only future draft picks as compensation for the rights to Rivers.

NBA issues draft invitation

The NBA invited 10 players to attend the draft and could add several others to the list before Thursday night, ESPN.com reported.

The invitees to the green room are Nerlens Noel of Kentucky, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller of Indiana, Otto Porter of Georgetown, Alex Len of Maryland, Anthony Bennett of UNLV, Ben McLemore of Kansas, Trey Burke of Michigan, Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh.

The invitees aren’t necessarily the players who will be picked one through 10 but are the ones that NBA general managers have identified as the most likely to be selected early.

The NBA normally ends up inviting 13 to 15 players to be on hand when their names are called. ESPN reported that player agents were informed that several names could be added as the draft nears.

Among those who might receive late invites, according to ESPN, are Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Georgia, Steven Adams of Pittsburgh, Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA, Sergey Karasev of Russia, Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece.

The draft begins at 7 p.m. ET Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.


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