Adrian Wojnarowski: Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers did a short extension over the summer that allowed both sides a chance to escape deal in 2019. As Rivers told reporters, that’s been replaced with a longer-term deal. For Rivers, Lakers were never a consideration. He wanted to crush that talk today.
Doc Rivers said Turner has long been regarded in NBA circles as a good coach. Turner was an assistant coach for six seasons at Golden State before coming to UC Irvine. “A lot of the guys in the NBA look at Russ, know what type of coach he is and want our kids playing for him,” Rivers said. “He’s a good coach and a good guy. He makes them better and that’s all you can hope for.”