Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has let the Brooklyn Nets know they do not have permission to speak to Doc Rivers about their vacant coaching position.
According with his current contract, the 51 year-old coach still has three years and $21 million to go. Brooklyn did not retain interim coach P.J. Carlesimo after getting knocked out of the NBA playoffs earlier in May.
Just recently Ainge refused to comment on Brooklyn’s’ interest in Rivers and reiterated that he expects him back on Boston’s bench next season.
YouWager experts consider that the Celtics behavior suggests they expect Rivers to honor the extension he signed on May 11, 2011, which made him among the highest-paid coaches in professional sports and one of the top two in the league along with San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.
Back when he signed that deal, he was asked about the lean years that without a doubt would surface as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen grew older, moved on or retired.
In the previous basketball season the Orlando Magic offered Rivers the job of team president, which would have given him everything from a tight relationship with corporate sponsors to running the front office.
The Illinois native could decide to go back to the broadcast booth, where he received rave reviews for his work on TNT, and this would mean Boston would hold his coaching rights for the life of his contract, preventing Rivers from hopping to another team without some negotiated compensation.
The former Atlanta Hawks coach is expected to sit down with his coaching staff, each of whom has an expiring contract, this weekend.