The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to billionaire Steve Ballmer became official Tuesday, and the new owner is already turning his attention to basketball decisions. Ballmer is reportedly expected to engage Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers in talks about a contract extension.
New Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is expected to discuss a contract extension with Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The sale of the team to Ballmer became official Tuesday.
Rivers signed a three-year, $21 million contract last summer with the team.
Rivers asserted his leadership during the Donald Sterling saga, after audio of former owner Donald Sterling making racist comments to a girlfriend emerged. Rivers even reportedly said he would quit rather than remain with the team if Sterling kept control of the Clippers.
In his first season in Los Angeles, Rivers led the Clippers to a 57-25 record and the third seed in the Western Conference. L.A. lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the playoffs, weeks after the Sterling scandal broke.
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