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Report: Doc Rivers ‘feels it may be time for a change’

Celtics [1] coach Doc Rivers [2] has been quiet this season about his future in Boston, leading to speculation that the popular mentor might be considering other options.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Chris Broussard [3] quoted a source close to the situation as saying there is some truth to the rumors that Rivers remains unsure whether he’ll return.

“Doc loves coaching,” the source said. “He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change.”

Rivers, who has spent nine years with the Celtics, has three years and a reported $21 million remaining on his contract. The ESPN story stated that Rivers’ close relationship with president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is making his decision difficult. Ainge previously suggested that Rivers might need some time to regroup after a challenging season, but that he expected him to return to the bench.