Brooklyn Nets Seek Permission To Talk To Boston Celtics’ Head Coach Doc Rivers

May 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches from the sideline as they take on the New York Knicks in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the Celtics 88-80. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are on the hunt for a new head coach, and are looking to land a big name. Well, add Doc Rivers to the long wish list of the Nets.

According to ESPN sources, Brooklyn contacted the Boston Celtics in order to ask permission to talk to Rivers. As Doc is still under contract with the team, anyone who wants to offer him a job needs to seek the Celtics’ permission. Unsurprisingly, Boston’s GM Danny Ainge has not granted the Nets such luxury.

Rivers still has three years left on his contract with Boston, worth $21 million. While he is under contract, there was some speculation, as per usual, if he would be back coaching the Celtics next season. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are not getting any younger, while Rajon Rondo is recovering from a torn ACL. With these things in mind, it is obvious that Boston is in for a rebuilding period that could very well start this summer.

There have been multiple rumors that the Celtics could either trade or buy out Pierce out of his contract, which would obviously be a sign of Ainge blowing the team up.

Rivers is pretty much a lock to stay with the team next year and will try to help Boston persevere through the impending rebuilding stage.

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Topics: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, NBA Playoffs

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