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Doc Rivers, Celtics’ GM Ainge meet Wednesday to discuss what’s next

Jun 19, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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Now that the drama of Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett headed the Clippers trade talk has subsided, it’s time for everyone in Boston to act like adults and end this soap opera.

To that end, Rivers and Celtics GM Danny Ainge are expected to sit down face-to-face Wednesday and talk, Ainge told the Boston Herald.

“I am meeting with Doc tomorrow,” Ainge confirmed to the Herald. “He’s coming to town. He was coming to town before the events of today, so we were planning on meeting tomorrow anyway….

“I don’t know if anything will be decided tomorrow or if anything will be resolved,” said Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. “I just know that I’m meeting with him.”

Through everything Ainge has said publicly (and leaked plenty) that he wants Rivers back to coach the team. Those two have a great relationship.

Most likely Rivers would only come back for one more year if Ainge guarantees him Paul Pierce will not be bought out or traded, and if Kevin Garnett decides to play one more season in Boston. They are a group package — if one goes most likely they all go.

Hopefully Rivers and Ainge will make a statement to provide some clarity to the situation, but don’t bet on it.

The Celtics hand will be called at the end of the month, when they are forced to decide if they keep Pierce for one more season at $15 million or buy him out for $5 million. That may be the first domino to fall.

  1. jamieaadams - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Doc’s a great coach, one of the best…but I think it’s time to re-build. I’m not sure another year with Pierce and Garnett get you much more than a first-round exit.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Ainge should call in The Donald to fire him.

  2. basketballhooper1 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Man, I don’t care how bad the Celtics are after, don’t get rid of Doc, KG or Pierce! They gave too much to the organization to be dumped like this on a clippers team.

    • j0esixpack - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Nothing will be said or announced – the League likely wants all of this talk put on the back burner until after the finals are over

  3. pmx8411 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Doc: “It’s me or RONDO”

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Never thought I’d say this but give me Rondo. I think Rivers is a great personality focuser but I think there are better complete coaches who could get more out of the young bucks.

      • andyhr17 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Rivers is the ultimate “players coach”. I’m not sure any authoritative coach could handle Rondo any better.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      last time I check Doc doesn’t play, but doesn’t hurt to
      see what Rondo could bring back.
      Celtics are in deep.

  4. jrobitaille23 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    It’s amazing how there are so many guys trying to get coaching jobs and Rivers wants out unless his roster is loaded with talent, thus ensuring his coaching record remains pristine. When are people going to realize that the NBA is about larger markets and superstars. If you don’t have that you aren’t going to be a successful coach. Rivers was nothing before the big three. If the Celts buy out Pierce, which would probably be followed by Garnett trade, they will not be good enough to win with or without Rivers. The fact that he wants to leave speaks more about his character as a front runner. Good riddance.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Large markets like San Antonio?

    • paleihe - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Once you work your way to a certain position in life, you may not want to take a few steps back.

      He wants to coach a team with the potential to win a championship. He’s earned that right. If you don’t like it, tough.

      He’s a great coach and any team is lucky to have him.

      Also large markets like Memphis and Oklahoma City.

      • mysterious - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Please tell me how he’s earned the right to bail out on his contract which made him the highest paid coach in the league? And that when he signed it he was ok with rebuilding?


  5. iowahbr - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    There must be something about the NBA that I don’t get. I am assuming that when you add all the personnel of the Celtics together, players, coaches, scouts, senior executives, and office staff it comes to 50 folks at best. So why does the GM and the head coach having a meeting about anything be cause for an article? I would assume in of the off season they meet every day.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      No, they have not met face-to-face to discuss if Rivers is returning, they tend to go their separate ways for a while after the season ends to decompress.

      Also, one of the great things about the Internet is if you don’t care about a story you don’t have to click on it, read it then comment on it.

      • andyhr17 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Wait… I thought I was required to read every article on here. NOW you tell me????

      • stayhigh_247 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        I can’t believe this is like the 2nd time i’ve thumbed up a Kurt reply, way to go KH!

  6. dezglobal - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    He said he wants to spend time with family for a bit… He should take a season off, recharge at his home in florida, maybe go into broadcasting, then come back. He’s not gonna do anything in Boston next year anyway.

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