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Clips' transformation all but complete

Acquiring coach Rivers will forever change team's image from cheap to contender

Updated: June 24, 2013, 12:00 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- When the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Chris Paul a year and a half ago, the perception of arguably the most-maligned franchise in sports history began to change.

On Sunday night, after the Clippers agreed in principle to a deal with the Boston Celtics for head coach Doc Rivers, their perception changed forever.

Every joke about the Clippers being cheap, second-rate and unable to keep or attract top talent instantly became as outdated as a pay phone outside ...

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