May 12, 2011, 7:06 PM EST
Doc Rivers wasn’t kidding when he said he was leaning heavily toward returning to the Celtics next season.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Celtics and Rivers are talking about more than just one year.
The deal is for “more than two or three years,” the person told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the details were still being worked out.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge did not immediately return calls or emails seeking comment, though he did say on the radio Thursday that the sides were working on a long-term deal. Neither Rivers nor his agent, Lonnie Cooper, responded to messages seeking comment.
Celtics officials later confirmed that talks are taking place between Rivers and the team but would not go into details.
Rivers had talked about taking some time off to be with his family, including watching his son Austin who will be a freshman at Duke next season. That apparently is not the case.
This would mean Rivers would stick around through the rebuilding of the Celtics after the era of the “Big Three” and into the “rebuild around Rondo” era. When the team will not be that good again for a couple years. And we can hear how Rivers can’t coach again.
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