Doc Rivers will no longer act as team president of the Clippers and will focus solely on his primary duty as coach, "freeing him of front office responsibilities," owner Steve Ballmer tells ESPN.
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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 Lawrence Frank, the team's executive vice president of basketball operations, Ballmer told ESPN. Frank will now oversee basketball operations, including general manager Dave Wohl.
The Clippers hired Rivers as president and coach in 2013 after he coached the Celtics for nine seasons, including a title-winning season in 2008. In L.A., Rivers' teams have failed to get past the Western Conference semifinals. Their latest playoff exit came against the Utah Jazz in the Western semis last spring.
In 2014, Rivers signed a five-year, $55 million contract extension to continue to as president and coach. The Clippers will have at least nine new players on their roster this season and traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Houston in June.