In yet the latest and perhaps most encouraging development on the trade front, Jimmy Golen of the Associated Press has Doc in the latter stages of talks to sign a long-term deal with the C’s.
The two sides are nearing agreement on a deal for “more than two or three years,” a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the details were still being worked out.
Celtics officials declined to comment, though general manager Danny Ainge said on the radio that the sides were working on a long-term deal. Neither Rivers nor his agent, Lonnie Cooper, responded to messages seeking comment.
But Rivers, whose contract expires at the end of this season, told players after being eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night that he would return.
You can chalk this one up as a huge plus in the C’s column when it comes to recruiting free agent talent for this year and beyond. There may be only one more year in the Big Three window, but the allure of Rivers could be there long afterwards if this deal gets done. More on the situation as it develops.