Doc Rivers to return to Celtic’s::Update
Update::The Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers agreed to a five-year extension today at reportedly around $6 Million a year. “I think Doc is the best coach in the league, so I think it’s great for us, to have him around,” Ainge said. (courtesy espn)
Doc Rivers will most likely return to the C’s. This is Great news for the Boston Celtics who just took a tough loss on the heels of the ‘new’ Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. The Celtics are working on a multi-year deal to keep Rivers in place, while some roster changes will be necessary. Shaq wants to play another season, and most of the core is still in contract with the C’s through 2012. Read the excerpt, courtesy espn:
“Doc wants to be a Celtic and [president of basketball operations] Danny Ainge wants him to remain with the Celtics,” Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard on Thursday night. “Nothing is imminent. Nothing is going to happen today or tomorrow. But there has been progress made toward keeping Doc with the Celtics for a few more years.”
The value of the contract is believed to be more than $6 million per year, a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher on Thursday night. That source along with another said that the negotiations were accelerated because of a perceived interest in Rivers by the LA Lakers, who likely have an opening to fill as coach Phil Jackson has said he plans to retire.
“I’m leaning heavily towards coming back,” Rivers said Wednesday after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs by the Miami Heat. “I haven’t made that decision. But I can tell you that I probably will. I’ve kind of come to that over the last couple of weeks. I’m a Celtic and I love our guys.
“I want to win again here. I do. And I’m competitive as hell. I have a competitive group, and so we’ll see. But I can tell you that’s where I’m at today. Tomorrow, I may change my mind, but that’s where I’m at today.”
Rivers added: “I don’t believe this team is done.”
Inside the Celtics locker room, Rivers’ words provided some end-of-season consolation.
“I’m going to put this on the record,” Rajon Rondo said. “Doc already committed that he was coming back with me so he can’t go back against his word. … We just signed a contract about 10 minutes ago.”
“If we’re moving forward next year and try to win a championship, he’s one of the main pieces,” Paul Pierce said.
“This has been my team,” said Ray Allen. “I have been full steam ahead with this team. I don’t have any plans to go anywhere else.”