AP Source: 76ers Set To Hire Rivers As New Coach

AP Source: 76ers Set To Hire Rivers As New Coach

PHILADELPHIA: The Philadelphia 76ers have reached an agreement with Doc Rivers to become their new coach.

Rivers reached a deal Thursday to become the latest coach to try and lead the Sixers to their first NBA championship since 1983, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the Sixers had not formally announced the move.

Rivers takes over for Brett Brown, who was fired after the 76ers were swept in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Rivers was fired about two weeks after the Los Angeles Clippers wasted a 3-1 series lead and lost to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals.