BOSTON (CBS) – The much talked-about mystery surrounding Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics may be over soon.
Sources tell ESPN’s Chris Broussard, “Rivers believes it ‘may be time for a change’ in his status as Celtics coach,” according to a tweet by @Sportscenter:
Rivers’ status with the team has been a hot topic since team president Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe that Rivers would be returning next season on May 15. While Ainge had no problem making that claim, Rivers never came out and made it official.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck shared Ainge’s thoughts on Rivers when he joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz back on May 23.
“Between now and July 15 there is a lot of work to do to put the team together, and I expect Doc to be there,” said Grousbeck.
But even after that, Rivers remained silent with his intentions.
Rivers did make a few appearances on the airwaves since Ainge and Grousbeck’s comments, but did not touch on his future with Boston.
Rivers has spent nine seasons in Boston, leading the team to the 2008 NBA Championship and a 416-305 regular season record. He signed a five-year extension with the Celtics in 2011, with three years remaining on the contract.
This off-season, both the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers asked to speak with Rivers about their vacant head coaching jobs, but were denied by Ainge.