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Source: Doc Rivers Nearing Multi-Year Extension

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.

  • someguyinsac

    I'm thinking a new contract would expire right around the time Rondo's expires, but I'm just happy as all hell to have him back no matter how long.

  • James Patrick

    I think if Dwight Howard rides out the season with the Magic next year, we'll have a legitimate shot at him, and hoping Ray and KG take a pay cut to stay. Those guys are set for life. Hopefully now it's about titles.

    • I_Love_Green

      Dwight refuses to play in any area where its cold. He's going to be a laker.

      • Keyser Soze

        Is there any evidence that Howard wants to stay in a warmer city / play for LA? Or is this just your gut feeling? Lakers with Howard would be unbeatable but I don't think they have the cap space to trade for him (especially since Orlando might want a team to take over the Arenas/Turkoglu deals).

        • Batman

          The Lakers aren't getting Howard
          the only way they can get Howard is if he is traded there and why would Orlando alienate their fans by trading their next great big man where their last 1230x better big man went?

          • Morpheus

            Seriously, i think Orlando would NEVER trade Dwight to LA. The only way Dwight's going there is if he walks, and Orlando won't let that happen, they'll trade him before he walks.

            I think there's a better chance Dwight stays in Orlando than him being traded to LA.

        • I_Love_Green

          A guy who writes for one of the Magic blogs was on ESPN and said that thats one of the biggest reasons why he won't go to New Jersey/Brooklyn.

  • Dan

    I'm not so sure this is a good thing. Five years ago we were killing Doc for being an awful coach. Then a few All-stars land in his lap, he gets to focus on drawing up inbounding plays, and know we love the guy. Does no one remember how poor a track record he has at developing talent?

    • Dan

      Also, Doc was thoroughly out-coached by Spoelstra in the last few games and stuck way too long with Rondo and Davis when it's clear now that West and Kristic could have given us a better chance to win.

      • I_Love_Green

        Exactly. 5 years ago. Coaches, just like players, can improve over time. Doc is a great coach.

        Developing talent? Rondo, Baby, Powe, and Perk just to name a few improved under him. Hell even Erden improved in the half year he was with us. Doc is the perfect coach for this team, and Rondo.

        • talesofJP

          He does develop talent well, it just takes a while for that talent to be trusted and play for him. Also, Bradley could be good, look at where he was mid-season then look @ that last game against the Knicks. I think if he puts in some work over the summer he could make the rotation

          • I_Love_Green

            Thats exactly right. Its all about trust with Doc. If Bradley can earn his trust, he can become a very good player for us.

  • talesofJP

    Doc is a players coach, and veterans respect him. Other players will see the winning culture of the Celtics and want to continue that. Howard is probably out of the question because he wants to be in the warm weather. Being in the New England winters isn;t so bad, maybe Shaq can talk D12 into the idea of buying a few winter jackets.

  • kricky

    Good News!

    Doc should help us lands good FAs. He is a player's coach and has their respect. And he has gotten a lot better over the years at Xs and Os.

  • Batman

    Yes i get to hear his voice again on our bench!
    People say its an annoying pitch but i think its soothing

  • Morpheus

    With Bradley it's ALL ABOUT CONFIDENCE. With more PT, his confidence will go up and his game will improve dramatically as a result. Hopefully Doc sticks with the kid and develops him, because he's a great man defender.

  • http://3things2know.com Smoke

    Wonder if they still have any chance? Can the celtics inject any new blood? If they played smarter, they could have won the series with Miami. Bummer. Seems like they didn't listen to Doc enough.

    • http://www.mythicfigs.org/it mythic

      meh, I don't think they would have won anyway.

  • Guest

    Glad to see Doc wanting to stay again even after the early exit, and I agree about Bradley. With more playing time he should turn into a great player.

    Oh and you gotta love ESPN rumors. "Celtics could look to add Yao Ming"

    • I_Love_Green

      But how cool would it be to have Yao? Haha I think the thought is better than actually having him at this point.

      • James Patrick

        we've already got 2 broken down big men, we don't need a third!

  • janos

    yao tall enough just reach roof to put up #18 banner

    • Batman


  • I_Bleed_Green

    The starting unit won't have enough fire power if Pierce comes off the bench. There is not one guy on the Celtics team who you can give the ball to and trust him to score 1-on-1 except maybe Pierce.

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