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After a rapid courtship and negotiation, Doc Rivers has reached agreement on a five-year deal to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told ESPN on Thursday.
Rivers’ deal with the Sixers comes only three days after he parted with the LA Clippers. It also means he’ll return to the Atlantic Division, where he’ll be a principal rival of the Boston Celtics, with whom Rivers won an NBA title in 2008 as coach.
Sixers general manager Elton Brand on Monday reached out to Rivers and his agent, Lonnie Cooper, to gauge interest in the Sixers job. Rivers soon was on a flight to Philadelphia, where meetings on Wednesday with Brand, owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer had the sides moving quickly toward negotiating a multiyear deal.
Team Rec. WD* ’13-’14 Clippers 57-25 +1 ’04-’05 Celtics 45-37 +9 ’99-’00 Magic 41-41 +8 * Win diff. from season before Rivers’ arrival
Rivers takes over a Sixers team that lost in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and continues to consider changes to a roster that Brand remains determined to construct around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
There’s also hope that a reunion with