Clippers extend Doc Rivers’ contract

The Los Angeles Clippers have officially extended the contract of coach Doc Rivers, the team announced Wednesday.

Rivers had one year left on his deal. He and owner Steve Ballmer met after the season ended and began negotiating.

While the Clippers only won 42 games this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011, some think this was Rivers’ best coaching job given the circumstances.

Chris Paul forced a trade to the Houston Rockets last summer, ending the Lob City era. Then, the Clippers traded All-Star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons at the February trade deadline, just six months after the club re-signed the high-flyer to a five-year max deal.

The Clippers were plagued by injuries all year. They threw out a league-high 37 different starting lineups in 2017-18 and were forced to rely on no-name players to help carry the load.

The one constant, though, was Rivers, who didn’t have to deal with any locker room issues anymore with the departure of Paul and Griffin and was able to get his word across through players who played hard for him.