Doc Rivers didn’t spend much time unemployed as he has reached an agreement to become the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN.
After a rapid courtship and negotiation, Doc Rivers has reached agreement on a deal to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 1, 2020
Rivers parted ways with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday after blowing a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets.
Shortly after, the Sixers reached out to Rivers. On Wednesday, he met with the Sixers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer and the team’s general manager Elton Brand.
Rivers comes back to the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division where he won his first and only championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
As for the Sixers, they were swept out of the playoffs by the Celtics in the postseason and the team fired their head coach Brett Brown.
The team interviewed several candidates, former Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was leading in the process until Rivers showed up. The Sixer also interviewed Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue and assistant coach Kevin Young for the head coaching job.