With three years and $21 million left on the extension that he signed in 2011, Rivers would be an absolute coward to get up and leave Boston. Obviously, the team is not nearly as competitive as they used to be, but quitting on the franchise is a punk move to say the least. After last offseason when the Orlando Magic offered him control of the whole organization pretty much, Celtics fans have gotten used to the idea that Rivers might be out of town before the 2013 campaign begins.
Like everyone expected, the courting for Rivers has begun as the Brooklyn Nets requested for permission to speak to him, but were denied by the Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Obviously, Ainge is looking to hold onto Rivers and doesn’t want him to walk away prior to his contract ending. With Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo all getting older and more likely to hit the road than last season, the dooms clouds are starting to loom in Boston.
Either way, Rivers has no reason to exit a franchise where he has brought a team from the bottom all the way to the top and won a championship. NBA teams are going to pull out all the stops in an attempt to lure Rivers to town, but the 51-year-old Chicago native will stay green for the rest of his coaching career.