There is a lot of time between now and the beginning of the next NBA season, but the Boston Celtics are going to be waiting to see who will be coaching their team. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said last week that he thinks Doc Rivers will return next season for his tenth year with the team, but there have been a lot of talks over the past number of offseasons about whether or not Rivers would return.
I think the decision by Rivers this time around will come after decisions are made on the stars of this team. Paul Pierce has a contract that will become guaranteed on June 30, and who knows what Kevin Garnett is going to do. I believe that the only way that Rivers returns for next season is if Garnett and Pierce are both back. I don’t see Rivers wanting to be part of a rebuilding process when he could just retire and go watch his son Austin play for the New Orleans Pelicans.
I hope that the Celtics have a back-up plan in mind if they do waive Pierce because that may be it for Rivers without all of his main players back. Rajon Rondo will be back at some point next season after his ACL tear so there’s hope with that, but I’m not in the mind of Rivers. There could be a ton of change going on within the Celtics organization before the 2013-14 season starts. I’m sure Boston would love to have Rivers back again next season, but all the pieces need to stay in place for that to happen.