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Done Deal: Doc Rivers Agrees to Five(!)-Year $35 Million Extension

 

Doc Rivers made no secret of his intentions to return to this team in the interim, but I don’t think anyone was expecting any news as good as this. Nonetheless, sideline reporter Greg Dickerson of CSNNE.com has confirmed with Danny Ainge that the C’s have come to terms with Rivers on a five-year deal.

Terms were not disclosed, but it has been speculated that the coach’s new deal would earn him approximately $6 million per year.

Danny Ainge will be meeting with the media momentarily at the team’s practice facility in Waltham, where we could get a formal announcement. Stay tuned to CelticsHub for full coverage of the latest developments. For now we can take comfort in the reality that Rivers will command this team in a final push next year, and as they reload going forward, which will be crucial in the quest to recruit free agent talent to Boston long-term.

UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting according to his sources that Rivers will earn $7 million dollars a year over the course of his new 5-year deal.

  • Tos

    Great news!

  • aaron

    so jim Rome was just going off about the extension(talk about a real hater) saying of course he stayed, 7 mil is a lot of money.
    But seriously, if you think about it, everyone from Wic to Ainge to all the modest superstars here, it has become a desirable place to be a pro player or coach, Tibs wouldn't have gone anywhere had Doc left last year.
    The Celtics didn't just become a team hoping to get a #8 seed, Doc has been through a lot as a coach(remember the season before the championship?), and he knows the situation here both now and in 3 years. He got 1 ring, but I am sure he knows he can get another.

    To Glenn "Doc" Rivers, I'm glad you're still gonna be here, and on the extension, congrats, you've earned it!

  • kricky

    Wow! This is really Doc's team now. I was sure he was going to walk. But this is great.

  • jebbj aka the jets

    Coach's are managers of talent and DOC does an excellent job!!! Playoffs, world championship winning record not every coach has this resume. Go DOC!!!

  • James Patrick

    Well Ainge got something right this year! I can't imagine anyone else coaching this team! He is a Celtic!

  • johnschaffer

    now he needs to play younger talent , like just example Avery. but really he does need to bring younger talent in

  • Renato Afonso

    All coaches have their strenghts and weaknesses. Sometimes you need to have a roster with a certain skill set to employ your offense or sometimes you just need to be a manager of egos and talent. This veteran team needs a manager like Doc, who is also very good on timeouts. He won't fit into a rebuilding scheme properly, since I don't think his schemes and training concepts are suited for rookies and younger players but, on this team he is the perfect coach and should stay. What puzzles me is the length of the contract…

    NOTE: The top three coaches in the NBA at the beginning of last season were Sloan, Poppovich and Adelman in no particular order. They were a neck above all others. Then came Doc and Phil Jackson who are superb managers of egos in opposite ways and who need a certain skill set from their players.

    • Renato Afonso

      Meant "fit properly in a rebuilding plan"

    • duggyfresh88

      Renato, this assumption is completely baseless that Doc is only a good manager of veteran egos. Did you know that he won coach of the year with a young Orlando team that, led by Doc, exceeded all expectations? He coaches what he has in front of him. He hasn't played young guys these past few years because it would be at the expense of the teams success. When the time comes, he absolutely has the ability to coach and develop young players.

      • Renato Afonso

        That Orlando team was not young either… And he had a HUGE ego to manage with a lot of talent in T-Mac. HE also has Darrel Armstrong and some other veterans around. He did superbly then, but it was hardly a rebuilding project… And I agree with Doc's signing. I just think it would be better to have a two or three year deal, until all the vets retire, and then be free to start the rebuilding with whomever you wanted.

        • Renato Afonso

          "had Darrel Armstrong" – ugh!

          • duggyfresh88

            Do some research before you make claims like that. Look at this roster. http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/ORL/200… The starting lineup included a 21 year old T-Mac, yes Darrel Armstrong was 32, but he had career averages of 9 pts and 4 rebs, a 27 year old Andrew DeClercg, a 20 year old Mike Miller, and a 29 year old Bo Outlaw. They had a 28 year old Grant Hill who played in only 4 games all season. Doc led them to a .500 record and the playoffs. That is impressive when you look at that roster and their ages. You know you are losing an argument when you are saying, "But they had Darrel Armstrong!"

          • duggyfresh88

            oh yeah and he also had a 24 year old Pat Garrity, and a 21 year old Corey Maggette. Your right, they weren't young or anything. Oh yeah and it definitely wasn't a rebuilding project seeing how they had just traded away Shaq in his prime, only one of the top 10 greatest players of all time. Do some research before you start making bad arguments

  • talesofJP

    This is good news, Doc is a great coach and he manages Rondo better than just about anyone could. I think this is important going forward because Rondo will have Doc's back being the main building block for the post-big 3 celtics. I think they should keep bringing Ray and KG back on 1 year deals as long as they want to, even if that means having those guys come off the bench

  • Paul

    Doc is the right man for this team. Get him some young or younger healthy players.

  • BELINDA

    LET ME TELL YOU GUYS MY TAKE ON THIS AND I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS SINCE I HEARD AUSTIN WENT TO DUKE, I KNEW DOC WAS GOING TO STAY AROUND THE LEAGUE BECAUSE HE WAITING ON AUSTIN TO COME TO THE NBA, I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISE IF AUSTIN GOING TOTHE CELTICS WAS PART OF THE DEAL, PART OF THE RONDO ERA. THEY SAY AUSTIN IS NBA READY NOW, BUT DOC WANTED HIM TO GO TO DUKE AND BE COACHED UNDER COACH "K" FOR A YEAR OR 2. AND I BET HE'LL COME TO BOSTON WHERE DOC AND AUSTIN WILL MAKE HISTORY FATHER AND SON IN THE NBA AND ON THE SAME TEAM.

    • duggyfresh88

      If Austin is as good as advertised, he will be a lottery pick, and likely anywhere from 1-5. The chances of the Celtics landing one of those picks in 2 years and having the chance to pick him are extremely unlikely and not something you can plan for at all. It would be cool, but there is no chance that is why Doc is staying.

  • Morpheus

    Yeah, no doubt Doc will be pulling for Austin come 2012 draft time. That would be something special.
    Then Doc will go after Andre Drummond in 2013.

    I like the extension, NO i lie, i LOVE IT. I don't mind going through another season with the aging Big 3, especially if it's shortened by a lockout. 60-62 games would be admirable. This brings stability, direction and most importantly CERTAINTY. There's nothing worse in the off season with fans, coach and players left wandering in doubt. We have direction, a vision, now it's just a matter of making the right moves to have that vision realised.

    If Danny plays his cards right this time and gets younger players, not over the hill 50 year old men, then we're still top 3 in the East.

    Oh and Austin is the real deal, make no mistake about it. Mentally and physically he has what it takes to become GREAT. What better way to do it than to be coached by your father, playing for a franchise with one of the greatest legacies of all time.

  • Raymond Babcock

    great news the celtics did the right thing doc rivers is a great coach

  • Stephen

    All right—Great news always liked Doc—Happy about the extension. Now, hopefully Ainge runs- ALL–personnel moves by Doc first before he has a chance to do anymore damage—Ah, Danny it's clear that you are a mental midget—- Run everthing by Doc!!!!

  • oddbird

    i don't understand how we are gonna get austin rivers. we would have to tank or make a trade that we don't have the power to make. I am all about optimism guys, trust me, I have had many a pipe dream about a celtic dream team, but please for the love of all that is rubber and nylon, no dwight howard trade speculation, no chris paul trade speculation, no espn trade machine fantasies.
    Please!!!!! It just kills me inside

  • Phil Naessens

    Sweet!!!!

  • http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b9vDF MordiganX

    WOW…that's too high..Can I coach the C's?..please?…just for $20 per hour…hahaha

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