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Danny Ainge gives Doc Rivers space while fending off poachers

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09:15 AM ET 06.15 | The Celtics went into the weekend on call, and not just because Danny Ainge could move in a myriad of directions with his roster by draft night on June 27. Doc Rivers, Boston's own Hamlet, continues a tumultuous inner debate over whether he is going to return for his 10th season as Celtics coach. Though the Celts are preparing for the worst -- two league sources have confirmed to the Herald that Vinny Del Negro would receive serious consideration as Rivers' replacement -- Ainge is said to still believe that Rivers is coming back. "He's being careful to give (Rivers) space," said a team source. Ainge has also taken a stand against poaching. He turned down requests from the Clippers and Nets (who subsequently hired Jason Kidd) to speak to Rivers about their openings. But Ainge also knows that Rivers is now intrigued by the Clippers position. The Celtics president of basketball operations is committed to securing as much leverage as possible in the form of a trade if Rivers wants to move on.

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June 15, 2013  10:46 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

June 15, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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I believe also that doc is making like 7 mil and vinny was making like 1so is doc really going to work for Mr cheap?

I agree with them being cheap and not paying their coaches so they would be turning over a new leaf if it goes down

June 15, 2013  11:18 AM ET

VDN? That's the Danny Ainge we all know.

LOL.

June 15, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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VDN? That's the Danny Ainge we all know. LOL.

Vdn? Please please no...! It's not even funny enough for me to joke about

June 15, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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this whole thing is bad....and is going to turn into college football/bball where the coaches just up & leave all the time for better jobs with no recoursestern or silver needs to step in and install a rule that says you can't just walk away from your current contract without some sort of non-compete clause....maybe something similar to the amnesty rule, where you wouldn't be allowed to coach for a year.

Sterno does need to step in. An owner always has the option to put in whatever terms he wants and can get agreed to. They're all big boys used to screwing employees they hire. Keep Stern out of it.

June 15, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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I believe also that doc is making like 7 mil and vinny was making like 1so is doc really going to work for Mr cheap?

I assume you meant to say "the evil and despicable mini-Donald", right?

June 15, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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Sterno does need to step in. An owner always has the option to put in whatever terms he wants and can get agreed to. They're all big boys used to screwing employees they hire. Keep Stern out of it.

*Sterno does NOT need*

June 15, 2013  12:32 PM ET

I hate Danny Ainge.

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June 15, 2013  02:53 PM ET
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but thats not what is happening-basically the coach is going to walk away from his current contract and just go to another because the new place is better. that is ridiculous. or what if say another team is allowed to just offer the coach more $ ? A player can't just do that. There has to be some consequence for not honoring your contract. I'm not saying a coach should be penalized if he is fired or the contract is up. But doc has like 3-4 years left. That's frackin bull poo.Honor your damn contract that HE signed, knowing how old the celts were

Agreed. Doc knew that this day was coming. And he still signed on for a long term deal to coach this team. Now he wants to bail out because the Celtics are about to start the rebuilding mode.

Watch Doc quit and take another job. He'll say the right things like how hard it was to leave Boston. But really it wasn't that hard because he wants to leave. He just doesn't want to look like a **** in leaving.

June 15, 2013  03:07 PM ET
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Come To LA, Bro.

Yeah, always witty, you are.

June 15, 2013  03:16 PM ET
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I hate Danny Ainge.

At times like this...

ME2

June 15, 2013  04:06 PM ET
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Come To LA, Bro.

Thanks but no thanks.

June 15, 2013  04:12 PM ET

Doc can retire but would still be under the Cs that's why Ainge is smart about that poach rule. If the Clippers want Doc then they'll have to trade for him or give something back in return. I think the Clippers end up hiring Hollins.

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June 15, 2013  07:45 PM ET

the clippers will have to give up some compensation for Doc, similar to what goes on with players being traded for other players, picks and money...Its no different than Melo Bullying his way out of Denver or Howard bullying his way out of Orlando

June 15, 2013  07:46 PM ET
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but thats not what is happening-basically the coach is going to walk away from his current contract and just go to another because the new place is better. that is ridiculous. or what if say another team is allowed to just offer the coach more $ ? A player can't just do that. There has to be some consequence for not honoring your contract. I'm not saying a coach should be penalized if he is fired or the contract is up. But doc has like 3-4 years left. That's frackin bull poo.Honor your damn contract that HE signed, knowing how old the celts were

the clippers will have to give up some compensation for Doc, similar to what goes on with players being traded for other players, picks and money...Its no different than Melo Bullying his way out of Denver or Howard bullying his way out of Orlando

 
June 15, 2013  11:56 PM ET
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this whole thing is bad....and is going to turn into college football/bball where the coaches just up & leave all the time for better jobs with no recoursestern or silver needs to step in and install a rule that says you can't just walk away from your current contract without some sort of non-compete clause....maybe something similar to the amnesty rule, where you wouldn't be allowed to coach for a year.

There is already such a clause in Rivers' contract. He can't coach another team if he quits for three years UNLESS the Celtics allow him to and there will be required compensation if they do.

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