No one knows for sure what the roster is going to look like next season with the futures of franchise player Paul Pierce and veteran Kevin Garnett up in the air, and according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, head coach Doc Rivers. who has three years and $21 million left on his contract, is still unsure if he will return.
Rivers said he needed to “detox” after the season and apologized for being inaccessible to reporters. But he would not give any indication whether he will be back for a 10th season although president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe last month that Rivers had planned to return.
Rivers himself has not confirmed that and with the Celtics season being over for five weeks, speculation has grown that the beloved coach is seriously considering stepping down.
When asked if he is still in the decision-making process, Rivers told the Globe “I’d rather not say.” Although he has not been available to the media, Rivers has been present for pre-draft workouts and has discussed the future of the season on several occasions with Ainge.
The Celtics are in a bad place right now with Rajon Rondo’s ACL injury and the aging roster. They may have to blow things up and start the rebuild and it would be understandable if Rivers doesn’t want to go through that, especially since their are a few teams with promising rosters that will be glad to have him.