After seven years with the Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers is no longer the head coach of the team. News were first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and then confirmed by Rivers with a statement on his social media.
“Thank you Clipper Nation for allowing me to be your coach and for all your support in helping make this a winning franchise. When I took this job, my goals were to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination, and bring a championship to this organization. While I was able to accomplish most of my goals, I won’t be able to see them through… Thank you to all the players, coaches, and staff for helping us get there. Most importantly, thank you to the fans.”
Rivers joined the organization in 2013 and had two years left in his contract as he signed an extension last year. In his seven seasons with the team, he led them to six playoff appearances. Most recently, the team lost in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets in 7 games.
According to Wojnarowski, current assistant coach Tyronn Lue is one of the top candidates in the Clippers coaching search. Also, former Rockets and Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy is also one of the candidates for the job.
Doc Rivers had two years left on his contract, sources tell ESPN. This is a challenging coaching search for Clippers, who are the ultimate win-now team. Among top candidates in the marketplace: Clippers assistant Ty Lue and former Rockets and Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. https://t.co/Ov02RYNbK9
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 28, 2020