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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has denied a suggestion that he might have an interest in coaching the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I have a job and the Lakers have a coach,” Rivers said told reporters Tuesday. “I’m going nowhere. I can tell you that, straight, up front. I’m going to be here until [Clippers owner] Steve Ballmer says get out. I plan on being here a long time.”
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Ballmer gave Rivers a contract extension after a deal that allowed Rivers to opt out in 2019.
“This summer, we decided to extend my contract,” Rivers explained. “…[Steve] did something I don’t think any owner would do. He gave me an out where I could opt out this summer. We wanted to test each other, we thought this was the right fit, but we wanted to make sure. As my dad said, ‘Trust everybody, but cut the cards.’ It was one of those things.
“Early this year, we both decided let’s end this thing, take this out, extend it and make it a longer deal. We’ve long decided on that but we chose not to say anything about it. …Steve was a man of his word. He gave a coach a chance to do what he wanted to do. This coach chose to stay right where he’s at and I’m very happy about it.”
Rivers, 57, was responding to a report from hall-of-fame basketball insider Peter Vecsey that Rivers and the Lakers may share a mutual interest. The Lakers are expected to fire Luke Walton after the season.
Many around the league feel Rivers has done his best coaching job yet, keeping the Clippers in playoff contention despite some major changes to the roster.
Rivers has also coached the Orlando Magic (1999-2003) and Boston Celtics (2004-13). He won a title with the Celtics in 2008.