Most expected Doc Rivers to return to Boston Celtics next season, but the return of the head coach of the team is not a lock.
Chris Broussard of ESPN had the following on Twitter:
Source on Doc/C's: "Doc loves coaching. He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change." Stay tuned
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 12, 2013
The Celtics are in a state of confusion right now, as general manager Danny Ainge has to make a decision on whether he wants to blow the team up or not. A rebuild of the roster and an infusion of young talent seems overdue at this point for Boston. However, Ainge probably expected Rivers to be by his side through the transition, although Zach Lowe points out that this is not by any means shocking:
Boston knew Doc was "year-to-year" when they signed his new deal. He's been open about it. Front office is not in shock at delay.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 12, 2013
Doc has had a great run with the Celtics, but going through a rebuild and a whole lot of losing is not easy and certainly takes a toll on you. At this point, if Rivers was to ask for a release, he would probably be the most coveted name in the coach market — and as you might have noticed, quite a few teams are looking for a new coach.
Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to update you on the latest news on Rivers.