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Report: Celtics to lock up Doc Rivers long-term?

Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 7:43 pm
The Boston Celtics are reportedly negotiating a multi-year contract offer with coach Doc Rivers. Posted by Ben Golliver. doc-rivers

One day after the Boston Celtics were eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Miami Heat, the Associated Press is reporting that the team is looking to secure coach Doc Rivers to a long-term contract.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Boston Celtics and coach Doc Rivers are working on a deal that would keep him on their bench for multiple years. The deal is for “more than two or three years,” the person told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the details were still being worked out.
With an aging core and the rise of younger, more athletic competitors, it's no surprise that the Celtics are looking for a measure of stability. Indeed, we noted earlier that Celtics president Danny Ainge is considering major rotation changes -- such as sending Paul Pierce to the bench -- and admitted that he would trade one of Boston's Big Three if a favorable trade came along.

In other words, it could be a choppy few years for the team as it works to reload, and possibly rebuild. The good news: It's clear from comments made to's Ken Berger that Rivers wants to stick around. For the Celtics, keeping Rivers in place would not only provide a steady, trusted hand but could also serve as a potential lure for free agents. 

But, really, it's the continuity factor driving this decision. Locking up Rivers gives the Celtics a solid slice of an identity during what could be a major roster overhaul. Whichever players stick around will need someone they trust. Whichever players are brought in will need someone that carries a massive respect factor.  Rivers fulfills both categories, so if a reasonable financial agreement can be worked out, why not?

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:42 am

Report: Celtics to lock up Doc Rivers long-term?

This signing is a no brainer. I'd wish he come play for the Lakers because I love his style of play and the motivation he instills on his players.

Go Lakers!

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:44 am
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Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:04 am

Report: Celtics to lock up Doc Rivers long-term?

As this post season was for the Celtics, and there is a lot of blame to go around.. and I hate to do it.. but man what happened to Garnett?  He let the Heat & Bosh just dictate to him & them.  Even if it cost him a game, I would love to have seen him clip Wade for the Rondo junk.  And game one that was all the refs... it was so piss poor.  But game 4 & 5 I just kept watching Big Kev play & wondering where he was.  There is no way that Bosh's limp d*cked self should be able to score a single fluke bucket on him.  So the question is, and I know.. center is a big concern, but what about Garnett, can he really take it another 82+ games & be counted on in the post season.  This series should have been all him.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:57 pm

Report: Celtics to lock up Doc Rivers long-term?

I'm giving Ainge a free pass on this one because people forget that he made the magical deal that brought Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to the team and he drafted Rondo and put all the pieces in place for the C's to win a championship. 

Ainge is facing the same thing that the Lakers are facing right now - the team is aging and how do you put a competitive team on the court while the superstars are beginning to show their age?  Ainge knew that there was no way that the C's would have the mnoey to keep Perkins and his contract was up at the end of the season, with this in mind he made a controversial decision to let Perk go - something that has been analyzed six ways from Sunday but what is forgotten here is that if Shaq was healthy Ior at least healthier) the Celtics may have played better against the Heat; instead t he C's were beaten by a team that was not better...... they were just faster and younger.  I think the C's would have been evenly matched with the Heat if a good "big man" was available in the paint - they didn't have a good "big man" in the paint and as a result the Heat were able to run on the Celtics non-stop - something the Celtics were not physically able to defend.

Of coourse the C's would have been a LOT better with Perk but the deal had to be made otherwise we wouldn't have received anything for Perkins - would I have given that up for a title - hell yeah; however a good GM knows that it is sometimes important to make an unpopular move it is in the best interest of the team long-term.    &

In the offseason I expect that Ainge will find a suitable person to either start or back-up Shaq (if he doesn't retire) to protect the paint and the addition of this player coupled with the already present and emerging talent will have the C's poised to make another run next season - something that Chris Wallace or several of the other GM's pior to Ainge were unable to do since the glory days of Bird, McHale, etc.     

As for re-signing Rivers - it's a no-brainer as he's a good coach who has done a great job managing a team that could have easily become a mess with so many superstar players on the roster.    

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:38 pm

Report: Celtics to lock up Doc Rivers long-term?

One of the big changes Boston should make is getting rid of Ainge. Giving up Perkins and a shot at winning a title this year for someone like Jeff Green ruined the chance that Allen, Garnett and Pierce would ever win a 2nd ring. They should have just ridden the year out and used Perk's money on someone better than Jeff Green during the offseason.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:56 pm

Report: Celtics to lock up Doc Rivers long-term?

good for Ainge and Doc-should have done same for Perk

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:55 pm

Report: Celtics to lock up Doc Rivers long-term?

Thanks Doc. We really need you. Now, the pressure on Ainge to show us if he's the Ainge of "08" or of the previous years and this one!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:46 pm

Report: Celtics to lock up Doc Rivers long-term?

Good call Ainge. This should be an interesting off-season!

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