Clippers, Celtics deal declared dead; Celtics want Doc Rivers back

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The proposed blockbuster deal between the Celtics and Clippers that would have sent Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles is dead, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe Tuesday.

And though Rivers had strong intentions to coach the Clippers because league sources said he didn’t want to coach a rebuilding team in Boston, the Celtics still want him back as their head coach next season.

“He has been told that all along,” Ainge said, who is scheduled to meet with Rivers Wednesday in Boston.

Rivers is under contract to coach the Celtics for three more seasons, during which time he’s scheduled to make $21 million; his salary of $7 million per year is the richest in the league, $1 million more per year than San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.

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