By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia 76ers have hired their next head coach. The team has hired Doc Rivers to lead their team.
Rivers was fired by the Los Angeles Clippers, which was classified as a “mutually agree to part ways” on Monday. Then, on Thursday, he had a new job.
He interviewed with the 76ers on Wednesday. And he departed the area on Thursday without a deal.
However, after leaving Philadelphia in the morning, a deal was reached in the afternoon. He has received a five-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Rivers replaces Brett Brown, who was fired at the end of the season.
According to NBC Philadelphia’s John Clark, the 76ers were pursuing Rivers almost immediately after his departure from the Clippers. Managing Partner Josh Harris was reportedly ‘trying to arrange a plane to get Rivers to Philadelphia for an interview.’
Philadelphia General Manager Elton Brand spoke with Rivers on Monday night. After meeting with Rivers, the team’s management then elected to move quickly to hire the former NBA Champion coach.
Our sources have indicated to us that the team only interviewed three candidates for the job. Besides Rivers, the team interviewed former Los Angeles Clippers Associate Head Coach Tyronn Lue — who is in the mix to be the Clippers head coach following Rivers departure — and former Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni.
He returns to the Eastern Conference with this move. According to our sources, the players told management that they wanted Rivers to be their new head coach.
One player, our sources indicated, was in favor of the move was Tobias Harris, who previously played for Rivers with the Clippers.
Rivers last coached in the Eastern Conference as a head coach during the 2012-13 season. He led the Boston Celtics from 2004-2013.
The former NBA player also coached the Orlando Magic from 1999-2003. He spent the last seven seasons as the Clippers head coach.
While the Celtics head coach, he guided the team to the Championship over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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