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Report: Doc Rivers unsure on return, thinks it might be time for change

Jun 12, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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There is still a good chance that next season Doc Rivers will be back coaching Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Boston. For one more year, one more run.

But as it gets closer to time for everyone to make a decision at the end of the month — Rivers and Garnett on whether to return, Boston on whether to buy out Pierce — it feels more and more like it could come to an end.

The latest is a report from Chris Broussard at ESPN that Doc Rivers is thinking it may be time for him to move on.

“Doc loves coaching,” the source told ESPN. “He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change.”

Rivers, who has been attending the Celtics’ pre-draft workouts, is unsure of what he wants to do and has not yet ruled out returning to Boston for a 10th season. He has a very close relationship with (Celtics GM Danny) Ainge, and the source said that is one factor that is making his decision so difficult.

Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his contract… that is not easy to walk away from. Because that contract is in place it is likely Rivers would take at least a year off from coaching, or maybe return to broadcasting. Then he could return in a year or two to a job he sees as a good fit.

If he really is saying things like it might be time for a change, then it probably is time for a change.

Kevin Garnett is under contract for two more seasons but is considering retirement. Pierce is owned $15 million for next season but the Celtics can buy him out for $5 million before July 1 at which time the deal becomes fully guaranteed.

It’s all up in the air. I still think it is likely the Celtics bring everyone back for one more run, then they start making big changes. But it sounds like everyone involved is still trying to decide if that is the best course of action, of if it should just all come to a halt now.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM


    Dunno if the styles match, he wants to coach a veteran team, or if he’d want too much control yada yada just know he’s a damn good coach.

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Denver sounds good…..Atlanta could use some help and change…..Rondo must be getting on his last damn nerve HAHA

  3. chargerdillon - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    3 questions

    1. Why wasn’t Danny Ainge fired after making the Perkins trade?

    2. What good moves has Danny Ainge made in the last few years since brining in KG?

    3. Why hasn’t Danny Ainge been fired yet?

    Ainge was in a lucky situation that had KG and Ray fall right into his lap. Since then he’s traded away the biggest physical piece that got the Celtics a title (perkins) and has done NOTHING to bolster the team for any future success.

    Because he’s done nothing to help this team maintain a level fo success, Ray bailed and now the coach will bail out and deservedly so. Other teams have gotten better, the Celtics have stayed the same. Ainge got you 1 ring, and not much else. Time to move on from him

    • sellahh - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Not sure if serious about the Perkins trade, his impact level is at that of Joel Anthony’s… if that cause Joel at least hustles like crazy.

    • mysterious - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      1. Because the Celtics clearly got the better end of that deal. Perk is likely to get Amnestied, whereas it looks like the sky is the limit for Jeff Green.

      2. Drafting Sully and Bradley are both looking like good moves. We were a game away from the finals last year.

      3. You’re a moron.

      Basically, see number 3. You clearly have no idea how things like the salary cap work or anything about the NBA.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      What has he done to maintain their level of success? They’ve gone two two finals, won one of them, came a game away from the final last season, have won their division numerous times….my god. You’re an idiot.

      • chargerdillon - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        The Celtics haven’t been a serious contender for any title since they lost to the Lakers in the finals.

        If the goal of the Celtics is to become a champion again, it’s not happening with the talent Ainge has brought in.

        Doc knows that, which is why he’ll leave. Call me a moron all you want, as long as a homer fan is struggling to maintain mediocity they’ll always be on the defensive.

        The Celtics are no future contender for anything other than maybe a 4/5th seed and a first or second round loss in the playoffs. If you’re happy with that, good luck to you.

      • mysterious - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        We haven’t been the front runner, but its wrong to say we haven’t been a contender. Going into 2012-2013 season it wasn’t far fetched to think of us as a contender. Then Rondo, Sully, and Barbosa all got injured taking away some valuable depth and Terry sucked.

        I would agree going into 2013-2014 we aren’t a true contender.

      • andyhr17 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        chargerdillon, what is your definition of a “true contender”? Coming a game away from the finals is not your definition of a contender?

  4. sportsfan18 - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I don’t know what Doc wants. The Celtics should begin their rebuild now. The sooner they start, the sooner they get to where they want to go.

    I mean, if they bring Pierce and KG back, they’ll be like a 6th seed and probably get to the 2nd round.

    This isn’t what the Celtics play for. That means that next year they wouldn’t be closer to getting to where they want to be. With no chance of a championship, they’d be wasting next year simply to delay the beginning of their rebuild by one year.

    This years draft isn’t great I know, but if the Celts record this next year isn’t good, they’ll have a better pick in next yrs draft which is shaping up to be better than this one.

    Plus, they’d have one yr done in their rebuild vs. having begun it yet, but not being close to where they want to be.

    Say they have a 4 yr rebuild plan. That plan becomes 5 yrs if they don’t start it now…

    • coachjac30 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Just cutting pierce and hoping KG retires isn’t getting you in the lottery. There needs to be a coomplete blow up of the team if thats the plan..Why would the celtics just cut pierce when they could have traded him at this passed deadline? Cutting him doesn’t put you under the salary cap so whats the point?

  5. lastdukestreetking - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    @pmx8411 ATL has a new coach already.

  6. mysterious - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Honestly, show him the door. Go get George Karl or something. Getting so sick of this diva act from Doc.

    • mysterious - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      or Lionel Hollins

  7. cantonbound13 - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Take the year off & have your pick of jobs the following year.

  8. dangernearing - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Orlando’s front office is where he’ll end up.

  9. coachjac30 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    The guy has a contract, he should honor it. If the celtics keep the band together is it really that far of a reach to think they have a chance to compete for a title? With a healthy Rondo and Sullinger coming back. The big question is are they willing to pay a repeat salary cap offender penalty for the “chance” to be healthy and a contender. For everyone that wants to get rid of pierce and garnett, that roster still has playoff material written on it, so why not at least have the better roster for one last shot

  10. smd28 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Chargerdillion:) your 3 answers

    1.Perkins sucks! Thunder are trying to trade him to anyone who wants him Jeff green is the future for celts and down the stretch showed he has the talent
    2. Drafting Jared Sullinger at 21 was a steal
    3. The celts need to rebuild and start building around rondo, Bradley, sully and green. Let KG retire buyout pierce and go sign al Jefferson

    • coachjac30 - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      smd: what exactly does this plan of yours do for the celtics? This might be the worst plan i have heard. By doing this you still are a repeat luxury tax offender for a team that is worse than with kg and pierce and still doesnt get you into the lottery. If want to go to lottery to rebuild, blow it all up…As for Avery Bradley, its just like Boston fans to overvalue its own players, he is a 6’2″ guard that can’t run the point and cant shoot (good luck trying to build around him) he’s a solid role player, thats it

  11. simonwelds - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Its pretty obvious if the heat loose, Doc wants the job….

    • andyhr17 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      You’re prediction of Doc going to the Heat is as good as your spelling.

  12. paulhargis53 - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    charger: Your team is 1-12 in its last 3 season ending playoff series’.

    Forgive if your opinion on a historical rival doesn’t matter to me. Of course you want Boston to be bad. You and your fellow fans suffer from the little brother syndrome.

    • kb2408 - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Forgive me if I’m incorrect but 2010 is more recent than 2008, right?

  13. jzone954 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Doc. You owe Boston nothing my friend. Take some time off if it suits you and regroup.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Yes, he owes us being man enough to tell us he doesn’t want to be our coach so we can try and grab someone while the best guys are still available.

      If he is going to bail on his contract, he owes us that.

  14. Sports King of this world - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Wow!!! Boston fans lol

  15. jcmeyer10 - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Been a Celts fan for a while. I gotta give him credit for slogging through some rough years and winning a championship but this feels like a cop out.

    He seems like a guy who just wants to win and not deal with the grind of building a champion. Thumbs down me all you want but until he got KG and Allen, he was a .500 coach.

  16. deadeyedesign23 - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Well its a good thing my Nets already hired someone else…

  17. jerdogthompson - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Introducing the Clippers new head coach “Doc Rivers”. Make it happen now.

  18. kb2408 - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Well, well, well….look who came out of hiding. And it’s not even to bash the LAKERS. Hello, ph53.

  19. sportsnut101 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    What a quitter if he walks out on Boston in middle of a 5 yr deal he signed

    Boston still can make playoffs with team they have plus rondo coming back

    Hate coaches who want to quit in middle of contract It’s one thing if he wants to retire from coaching

  20. paulhargis53 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Well,well. well. Look who STILL isn’t keeping up his end of the bet…kb2408 aka lakerluver.

    I’m glad you proved to all of pbt how pathetc you are.

  21. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I wouldn’t call it ‘One more run’ at this point in these players’ careers. Bringing back Garnett, Pierce, and Rivers would only mean that we know one of the four lower seed playoff teams in the east.

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