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

Pressed by The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn on his looming decision about returning to the Celtics [1] bench for a 10th season, Doc Rivers [2] wrote in a text message over the weekend, “I’d rather not say. [3]

Last month, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told The Globe [4] 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 [5]‘s contract? Or Kevin Garnett [6]‘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.”