Clippers remove head coach Doc Rivers from front office role

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The Los Angeles Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers mutually agreed to let Rivers step down from his front office duties with the organization, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The team pointed out, "Frank and Rivers will be peers in the Clippers' structure, each reporting directly to owner Steve Ballmer". By far the biggest loser of this move is Austin Rivers, since his dad no longer has the final word on whether or not he should be traded. "He is key to integrating our new players with our returning players and taking us to new heights on the court", Ballmer said in a release. He gets recruiting, talent development and identification, salary cap strategy - he gets it all.

Donald Sterling, the Clippers' previous owner, hired Rivers as coach and team president in 2013, after nine seasons and one National Basketball Association title with the Boston Celtics.

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Now he has been freed of his front office role, which will give him a chance to put more time and effort into his primary role of coaching. Since then, the Clippers have gone 217-111 in the regular season and 18-22 in the postseason.

"I've owned the team for three years now, and I really better understand what an owner's responsibility is - and it turns out that running a franchise and coaching are two enormous and different jobs", Ballmer said.

Rivers, who held the title of president of basketball operations, will continue to have a strong voice in personnel and organizational matters and will partner with Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank, Ballmer told ESPN. "This is a change I discussed with Steve since my bet a year ago on Lawrence Frank has worked out so well".

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