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Doc Rivers may not return to Boston this season

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02:59 PM ET 06.18 | The obvious end to the Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Clippers trade talks happened and there appears to no longer be any chance that Doc Rivers is headed to the Clippers to assume head coaching duties. But just because he's not heading to Los Angeles does not mean he's coming back to Boston. Danny Ainge's promise from last month seems about as reliable and useful as a weather report on Mars, and Rivers' future with the Celtics is still up in the air and seems like it will be for a while. This isn't totally surprising as even before basketball fans everywhere got weak in the knees over the rumor Rivers was headed to Los Angeles, he was displaying doubt about returning to the Celtics anyway. The fact that trade talks with the Clippers have fallen apart, and Boston seemed ready to replace Rivers with Lawrence Frank, Rivers might feel even more comfortable stepping away for a year to relax and enjoy life a little before coming back to coaching.

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June 18, 2013  07:12 PM ET

We had the Dwightmare. Now we have the Docmare. Doc will find a way to bail on the Celtics and move on to a team with a better chance of winning.

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June 18, 2013  07:30 PM ET

wait he does not have to fulfill the final 2 years of his contract?

June 18, 2013  07:34 PM ET

He has three years and 21 million on the table. Either he coaches the Celtics, gets traded, gets himself fired or he sits out three years, as I understand it.

June 18, 2013  08:54 PM ET

It appears that Doc doesn't want to be in Boston anymore

June 18, 2013  10:16 PM ET

My knees didn't weak. What's the fascination w/ Frank? Dude has a losing record, didn't do well in Motown.

June 18, 2013  10:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

We had the Dwightmare. Now we have the Docmare. Doc will find a way to bail on the Celtics and move on to a team with a better chance of winning.

He's under contract with the Celtics for three years. The only way he moves is if they release him from his contract or he retires from coaching. If he retires, he still has non compete clause in his contract for three years. So, if Doc wants to coach next year or within three years, the C's have to release him which they will not do unless they receive compensation.

June 19, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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I don't see doc walking away from all that $ he has on his contract.he will likely get himself fired so he can get paid

That's what I would do.

 
June 19, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Is This The End, Bro?

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