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If Rivers' deal goes through; new Clippers coach would have to live up to great expectations

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Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics yells against the New York Knicks during Game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 3, 2013 in New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images

There are unconfirmed reports that the Clippers have made a deal with Boston Celtics to release Doc Rivers from the three years left on his contract in Boston and have him sign with L.A.’s hottest basketball team. (KPCC is trying to confirm the various reports and will follow up if they pan out.)

According to these reports, in return the Clippers will send Boston their 2015 first-round draft pick. The Celtics are looking to rebuild their team and seem willing to part with some of their star pieces, including coach Rivers and players Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

The Clippers, meanwhile, believe this new deal with coax star point guard Chris Paul into staying with the team and signing a five-year contract. If the deal goes through — and it will be under scrutiny from the league as the two teams just recently tried to make a deal that violated the league’s bargaining agreement — it could mean a huge next step for the Clippers franchise, who already appear to be on the doorstep to being title contenders.

Kevin Arnovitz, writes about the NBA for ESPN and hosts the Clippers Podcast for ESPN-LA

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