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Report: Nets denied permission to speak to Doc Rivers

The Nets [1] asked to speak with Doc Rivers [2] about their coaching vacancy but were denied by Celtics [3] president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, according to an ESPN report by Jackie MacMullan [4].

Ainge has said that he expects Rivers to return to Boston next season. Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract as part of an extension he signed two years ago this week.

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

Ainge would not comment directly about the Nets’ interest, but he acknowledged Rivers is highly regarded around the league.

“We know people want Doc,” Ainge told ESPN. “We know people want [Rajon Rondo [5]] and [Kevin Garnett [6]] and Paul Pierce [7]. They are the Celtics. They’ve all had great success.”