Doc Rivers would ‘rather not say’ if he will coach Celtics next season

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Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe that he needed to “detox” after the season and said he would “rather not say” if he was still deciding between coaching next season or stepping down.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe last month that Rivers had planned to return for a 10th season in Boston.  But Rivers himself has not confirmed or denied that.

Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract.  He takes time after each season to assess his future. After the 2010-11 season, he signed a five-year, $35 million extension and said he was committed long-term to the organization.

Via the Globe: “There is speculation that Rivers and Ainge are discussing new parameters for the immediate future, including the fates of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

“With the draft in less than three weeks and the decision on the contract of Pierce necessary by June 30, Rivers is expected to make his final decision within weeks. He only promised that he would speak publicly about his situation ‘soon.'”

Rivers has been present for pre-draft workouts.

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