Philadelphia 76ers to hire Doc Rivers as head coach

Philadelphia 76ers to hire Doc Rivers as head coach

It's worth mentioning, though, that Rivers coached Harris on the Clippers, so Doc may want to keep the swingman in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia 76ers have tied a bow on their offer to Doc Rivers. Rivers has a serious chance of becoming the next coach. As the Clippers' coach, Rivers went 356-208 in seven seasons.

After coaching Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Los Angeles this season, Rivers will now be coaching another dynamic duo in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Before the Clippers traded Harris to the Sixers in February 2019, Harris was having his best National Basketball Association season under Rivers - averaging 20.9 points on 50% shooting from the field and 43% from the 3-point line.

The team recently fired Brett Brown after being swept in the playoffs and it was clear that they wanted someone with experience to take over. His teams, however, twice squandered 3-1 leads in the Western Conference semifinals, including this year against Denver. If one thing is for sure, though, Philly convinced Rivers that they had the best shot at earning him a second ring, as the Houston Rockets were also reportedly in the mix for the head coach's services as well.

There are still five National Basketball Association coach openings - New Orleans, Indiana, Oklahoma City, Houston and the Clippers. Rivers' teams have made the playoffs in 16 of his 21 seasons as a head coach. The Clippers are planning to interview other candidates, starting soon, sources said.

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