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Doc Rivers on Celtics return: ‘I’d rather not say’

06.10.13 at 10:49 am ET
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Pressed by The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn on his looming decision about returning to the Celtics bench for a 10th season, Doc Rivers wrote in a text message over the weekend, “I’d rather not say.

Last month, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told The Globe Rivers would return for the third season of a five-year, $35 million contract, but Rivers is yet to confirm Ainge’s statement.

Meanwhile, Rivers continues to oversee pre-draft workouts in Waltham and work with Ainge on the team’s offseason. Still, five weeks after telling reporters in the aftermath of a Game 6 loss to the Knicks, “I’m coming back until I say I’m not,” Rivers’ unwillingness to confirm his return has led to rampant speculation.

Is this tied to the June 30 decision on Paul Pierce‘s contract? Or Kevin Garnett‘s own looming decision? Would Rivers really hold the Celtics hostage as big-name coaches find work elsewhere? All valid questions.

Asked if he would address his future in the coming weeks, Rivers told Washburn only, “Soon.”

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