Doc Rivers Signs 5-Year Deal to Become 76ers Head Coach

LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers in 2017. Photo by Austin Mcafee/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8510573w)

It did not take veteran NBA head coach Doc Rivers long to find a new team after being dismissed by the Los Angeles Clippers just a week ago.

Rivers agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers to become the team’s new head coach over the weekend, bringing his championship-level experience to one of the most talented teams in the NBA.

The 58-year-old former player now joins his fourth NBA franchise in the past 22 years as a head coach after stints with the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, and the Clippers.

Rivers, who spent seven seasons in charge with the Clippers and reached the playoffs in six seasons with them, was fired after his star-studded squad was eliminated in just the Conference Semifinals by the Denver Nuggets.

He was unable to replicate the success he had in Boston, where he led the team to two NBA Finals appearances and one championship.

Rivers will now return to the Atlantic Division where he will find a roster stacked with talent, such as big man Joel Embiid and young guard Ben Simmons. The Sixers will look to take the next step and advance deeper into the playoffs under their new coach after failing to advance past the Conference Semifinals in each of the past three seasons.

The Chicago native will have a five-year deal with which to try to turn the 76ers into a legitimate title contender.