The Boston Celtics have a predicament on their hands that could change the outlook of the team for years. Head coach Doc Rivers is under contract for three more years, but he is not sure he wants to come back next season. The reason for this is because Rivers is not willing to be a part of another rebuilding team. If the Celtics want to see Rivers return, they will need to improve the roster quickly.
“It’s a fact that Doc isn’t sure if he wants to go all-in on a team that doesn’t have much of a chance to win,” one league source said, according to The Boston Globe.
The 51-year-old has seen ups and downs in Boston. However, it is clear that he is not willing to go through another series of downs at his age. Rivers wants to go out a winner, and with the possibility of several big name players leaving town, he does not believe it will be possible within the next two years.
It is certainly a possibility that Rivers could coach another team in the league, but in order to do that he would have to have the Celtics sign off on it. That means that a trade would have to be in the works, which is something that many teams may not be willing to do to land a new coach.
The fact is $21 million over three years is certainly hard to pass up. On the other hand, if Paul Pierce is traded or bought out and Kevin Garnett retires because his friend is no longer with the team, Rivers may not feel Boston has much of a chance. Even though it was not that long ago Rivers swore his allegiance to the Celtics, even if the organization felt the need to rebuild, time could have certainly changed his mind.
It appears the only way Rivers returns as the head coach next season is if Boston can prove they have a fighting chance. That means making solid moves in free agency and through the draft.