Doc Rivers not interested in rebuilding with Celtics, may be ready for a 'new situation'
CSN New England reported earlier this week that Rivers is "wary of a full blown re-build." His wariness is warranted, as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are the heart and soul of the Celtics, but both of their futures are very uncertain. Pierce is owed $15.3 million next season - quite pricey for him at this stage in his career - and the Celtics may not pick up his contract for next season. Garnett, on the other hand, is said to be considering retirement.
If the Celtics lose Pierce and Garnett, they will be forced to move forward with Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green as the core of their team, and find a way to build a solid squad by adding pieces around them. Rivers is one of the best coaches in the NBA, and after six highly competitive seasons he may be unwilling to aid the team as they start from scratch.
Reports on Wednesday said that Rivers is truly "torn up" about the decision, and also that he believes "it may be time for a change." A front-office source then told CBS Sports' Ken Berger that Rivers might be ready for a "new situation." The reports make it sound like Rivers is beginning to lean towards leaving the Celtics, but it seems that both leaving and staying are very realistic possibilities. Rivers has made it clear that he wants to stay in Boston, and he has three years and $21 million left on his current contract; the only thing that may drive him away is the fact that the Celtics may not be competitive in the near future.
If Rivers does decide against coaching the Celtics next season, he'll have a number of opportunities laid out on the table for him. Plenty of teams would love to have Rivers as their head coach. The Los Angeles Clippers have been mentioned as a potential landing spot if Rivers becomes a free agent. A team such as the Denver Nuggets - who have a very competitive, promising young team - could also be a possibility. A wider range of teams would also be open to bringing Rivers on as an executive in the front office. Rivers would also have the option of retirement, of course, which some have suggested is a very possible scenario.