Just days after being let go by the Clippers, Doc Rivers has landed on his feet. Doc Rivers has reached agreement on a five-year deal to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. With Rivers becoming the new coach of the Sixers, he’ll now be a rival of his old team. Boston is that team as he was the coach of their 2008 championship team. Sixers general manager Elton Brand on Monday reached out to Rivers and his agent, Lonnie Cooper, to gauge interest in the Sixers job. Rivers soon was on a flight to Philadelphia, where meetings on Wednesday with Brand and owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer had the sides moving quickly toward negotiating a multiyear deal.
Rivers takes over a Sixers team that lost in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and continues to consider changes to a roster that Brand remains determined to construct around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. There’s also hope that a reunion with Rivers can be impactful in forward Tobias Harris maximizing his play with the Sixers. Before the Clippers traded Harris to the Sixers in February 2019, Harris was having his best NBA season under Rivers — averaging 20.9 points on 50% shooting from the field and 43% from the 3-point line. He succeeds Brett Brown, who had the job for seven seasons but was fired after the 76ers were swept by Boston in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Philadelphia hasn’t won an NBA championship since 1983. Embiid welcomed Rivers on Twitter, saying he was “excited for the future and what we’re building here.
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 1, 2020
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