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Brooklyn Nets Denied Permission To Speak With Doc Rivers About Coaching Position

That speculation about Doc Rivers leaving town? Well, it just got a little bit more interesting. According to a report from our friend Jackie MacMullan at ESPNBoston.com Rivers is being chased on the open market, despite being still under contract with the Boston Celtics. The suitor? A team probably willing to pay through the nose for him…..the Brooklyn Nets.

In fact, team and league sources confirmed to ESPNBoston.com that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was contacted by the Brooklyn Nets, who wanted to speak to Rivers about their vacant coaching position. Ainge, according to those sources, denied the Nets permission to talk with his coach, who has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract.

Reached late Thursday, Ainge refused to comment on the Nets’ interest in Rivers and reiterated that he expects him back on the Celtics’ bench next season.

“Doc has told me he’s coming back,” Ainge said bluntly. “I talk to him almost every day about our team and what we are going to do moving forward.”

In a news packed story by MacMullan, there is also another revelation about a job opportunity Doc had last summer.

Last season, the Orlando Magic offered Rivers the job of team president, which would have entailed everything from schmoozing with corporate sponsors to running the front office. Though he had previously insisted he had “little to no interest” in running a franchise, the financial windfall and unilateral power that would come with such a position (not to mention the proximity to his home base) gave him some brief pause. Ultimately, Rivers rebuffed the Magic and determined he wasn’t done coaching.

As MacMullan explains in the full piece (a must-read) Doc is back in town and appears to be back in action for next season. Until we hear the official confirmation from him though, we are left to wonder if there is more to the situation. More on the story as it develops….

  • High Rollers

    Things just ain't gonna be too cozy when you've won seventeen chips and promptly have a less than inspiring first round exit.

    The hardest times are not when you've lost a bazillion games in a row. They're when all of a sudden you're just no longer sure who's with you and who's against you, who's in and who's out, where everything good seems to be in the rearview mirror. The roller coaster seems to have left everybody sick for the summer.

    Not to mention they're about to see Ray "I Know When To Move On" Allen add to his ring collection in all likelihood. None of the wounds have closed, there's plenty of salt to go around, and the only question is who of the movers and the shakers still with this crew have already moved on mentally and taken up the Way of Ray.

  • NZNICK33

    Can we talk about the Draft please?

  • Josh_5

    Drama drama drama. Everybody likes to stir it up and create something from nothing. The offseason is for relaxing and getting away from the grind. Doc will be back next year and it's not even debatable. Give him some time off and breathing room for shit sake. If you want something to worry about, worry about Pierce and KG coming back, not Doc.

  • MontrossDad

    Wouldnt blame doc at all for leaving, Danny has put doc in a situation where his gratitude for players previous successes and close personal relationships with core players heavily influences him to return to a team that had no shot at contending for a title and has even less chance in the upcoming season.
    Doc is too smart to not realize this team is fatally flawed going forward, and too much of a stand up guy to abandon a situation which essentially is wasting his time in what should be the prime of his post playing career.
    Who will hold Danny accountable? How much time does gratitude for #17 buy an ineffective gm? Guess we’re finding out…

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