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Clippers reach deal to hire Rivers, sources say

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.

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Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.

Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principle to a deal that would make Rivers the new Clippers’ coach, league sources told the Globe Sunday.

In exchange, the Celtics would receive an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick, the sources said. Rivers’s contract with the Clippers would be for three years at $21 million, the sources added, which is what he had left on the five-year extension he signed in Boston.

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Though Celtics center Kevin Garnett was involved in previous incarnations of this deal, he is not involved in the current package.

The deal still has to be approved by the league, but given that the deal is much simpler than the one these teams had proposed earlier, there is a strong chance it is approved and the deal is completed as early as Monday.

There are reports that the Celtics have scheduled a noon press conference Monday, but nothing has been officially announced.

Rivers has coached the Celtics for nine seasons, including to its 17th championship in 2008.

Talks between the Clippers and Celtics resumed Sunday after reaching a firm standstill late last week.

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The Celtics’ asking price for Rivers had all along been a first-round draft pick, and they weren’t budging on that end. The Clippers, however, had at first refused to offer any compensation for Rivers before later offering a second-round pick.

But the Clippers, who have been urged by point guard Chris Paul to come back to the bargaining throughout this process, have changed their offer.

Paul considers Rivers as his top choice to become the Clippers’ next head coach, and the Clippers’ aim to appease him in an effort to re-sign him this summer when Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent.

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