As the Los Angeles Clippers fully move forward beyond the Blake Griffin and Chris Paul era, one mainstay from that team will remain with the franchise for the foreseeable future.
The Clippers announced on Wednesday that they have signed head coach Doc Rivers to a contract extension.
The Clippers announced that the team has agreed to a contract extension with head coach Doc Rivers.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) May 23, 2018
There were some rumblings during the 2017-18 campaign that the Clippers themselves might move in a different direction. Rivers was stripped of his general manager duties. Meanwhile, the championship winning head coach also reportedly flirted with the idea of joining his former Orlando Magic team. Obviously, that didn’t come to fruition.
In five seasons as the Clippers’ head coach, Rivers boasts a 259-151 record with four playoff appearances. Though, the team never made it past the conference semifinals despite winning 50-plus games in each of Rivers’ first four seasons in Southern California.
This past year saw the Clippers post a 42-40 record and miss out on the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign. It also included Los Angeles trading Griffin mere months after signing him to a franchise-record long-term deal.
To many, the decision to extend Rivers makes little sense. The team clearly isn’t a championship contender. For others, Rivers is among the game’s best coaches. He’ll help the Clippers move forward without their two franchise cornerstones from the past half decade.