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07:05 AM ET 05.24 | Credit the Nets for swinging for one of the NBA's coaching stars. Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge denied [Brooklyn] permission to speak to Doc Rivers about their vacant coaching position, team and league sources confirmed to ESPNBoston.com. Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract. The Nets did not retain interim coach P.J. Carlesimo after getting knocked out of the playoffs earlier this month. 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."

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May 24, 2013  07:49 AM ET

"I talk to him almost every day about our team and what we are going to do moving forward."

I wish I were privy to these conversations...........

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May 24, 2013  09:46 AM ET

I agree JGB...

I would not mind seeing what Doc can do with the Nets though...

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May 24, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Let DOC meet them...

So he can prove to all that he wants to COACH in BOSTON....

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May 24, 2013  02:40 PM ET

If Doc leaves it will be for a Western Conference team if Ainge has anything to say about it and he does.

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