Rivers deal with the Sixers only three days after leaving LA Clippers. It also returns him to the Atlantic Division, where he will be a major rival of the Boston Celtics, where Rivers won the NBA title as a coach in 2009.
Sixers general manager Alton Brand arrived Monday to show interest in the Sixers job, along with Reverse and his agent, Lonnie Cooper. Rivers was soon on a flight to Philadelphia, where owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer swiftly pushed the parties toward negotiating a multi-year deal in a meeting with the brand on Wednesday.
Rivers has captured the Sixers team that lost in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and continues to consider changes to a roster that is scheduled to build around brand All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Rivers was a late entrant in a process that became increasingly focused on former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni.
Rivers was prepared enough to sit with Philadelphia’s hierarchy to fly from the West Coast with rosters, markets, and organization.
The 58-year-old River had two years left on his Clippers contract, sources said, so he has a significant amount of money, although he usually has offset agreements on payouts, putting a coach in a new job needed.
In Rivers’ seven seasons, the Clippers performed 356-208, winning 63.1% of their regular-season games – the fifth-best record in the NBA and the best by any team in a conference.
He went 3-8 in a potential series-clinic game with the Clippers tied for the worst points by a single coach with a team.
River’s 943 career wins are the 11th most by a head coach.
Sources said Six assistant coach Kevin Young was also interviewed for the head coaching job and left a strong impression on the organization.
The Sixers also interviewed Clippers assistant Ty Lu this week, sources said, but Liars is emerging as a strong candidate to replace Rivers with Clears. Sources said that Cistern plans to interview other candidates starting soon.
Sources said the New Orleans Pelicans plan to interview Lew in the near future as well. There is a strong connection between Lew and the Pelicans executive VP of basketball operation David Griffin, especially working together to win the NBA title in 2016 in Cleveland.