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Rivers, Clippers agree to extension

<p>Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the team announced Wednesday.</p>

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Rivers led the Clippers to a franchise-best 57-25 record and a second straight Pacific Division title in his first season with the club. His future with the Clippers had become uncertain in the wake of the scandal involving former owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA for racist remarks and the team was sold to Steve Ballmer.

"This is an important day for this organization," Ballmer said in a statement. "I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court.

"Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."

Rivers, 52, also serves as the team's president of basketball operations.

"Steve has shown a clear and determined desire to make the Clippers one of the most elite, first-class and championship organizations in all of professional sports," Rivers said in a statement. "We know we have work to do to get there, but I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with Steve as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title."

Rivers arrived in Los Angeles after a nine-year stint with Boston. He led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title.

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