Doc Rivers signs 5yr extension with Boston
Old 05-13-2011, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Celtics president Danny Ainge said that the team and coach Doc Rivers have come to an agreement on a five-year contract. Yahoo! Sports reports the deal is worth $35 million.

“We wanted him for five years and he wanted to stay for five years,” Ainge said. “I think Doc is the best coach in the league, so I think it’s great for us.”

Rivers indicated it was likely he would return to the Celtics after Wednesday’s season-ending loss to the Heat. “I’m leaning heavily [toward] coming back,” he said. “I haven’t made that decision, but I can tell you I probably will. I’ve kind of come to that over the last couple of weeks.”

Rivers has coached the Celtics for seven seasons, posting a regular-season record of 336-23 and a playoff mark of 46-34. He led the C’s to the 2008 NBA championship. If he serves out the length of the contract, Rivers will pass Tom Heinsohn for second on the list of longest-tenured coaches in franchise history behind only Red Auerbach, who coached for 16 seasons.

“He’s a great leader in the face of adversity,” Ainge said. “There’s nobody I’d rather have on my side more than Doc.”

Rivers decided after last season to come back for one more year. The two sides talked about a long-term deal, but the feeling was that it was too rushed and they agreed to resume talks in training camp. They let the issue be until mid-season when they talked some more and then essentially decided on a direction as the playoffs began. “He understood that it was important for me to know,” Ainge said.

With Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo under contract and Ray Allen likely to exercise his player-option for next season, the Celtics will return the core of the team that Rivers has coached the last four seasons. Garnett and Allen will both be free agents after next season and the Celtics will likely undergo an overhaul, but Ainge said Rivers was committed to the long haul.
Green Street Doc Rivers agrees to five-year deal to remain with C’s

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Old 05-13-2011, 02:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The details are insane. In my opinion, 5 years is way too long. Boston already looks shaky and beatable in the post-Tom Thibodeau assistant coach era, and their core is not getting any younger.

$6 million per season!?!? That's ridiculous.

Also, Ainge called him "the best coach in the NBA." This guy is running the Celtics!?
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The details are insane. In my opinion, 5 years is way too long. Boston already looks shaky and beatable in the post-Tom Thibodeau assistant coach era, and their core is not getting any younger.

$6 million per season!?!? That's ridiculous.

Also, Ainge called him "the best coach in the NBA." This guy is running the Celtics!?

It's actually 7Mil/yr.
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wooooaahhhh, I'm suprised by this. He's been saying last year and this year that these are his last years as a coach. He said he wanted to spend a lot more time with his family.
Maybe the 7m/year made him think otherwise.

5 years, damn.


I like Doc though. He's a player's coach(as in he's well liked and knows how to communicate with his players..)
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WOW I'm shocked, I thought he'd retire for sure. Also anyone who says its a bad deal is an idiot, Doc is one of the top coaches in the NBA. The roster definitely needs a bit of a haul though, the big 3 isn't cutting it anymore.
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I'm shocked too but its still a good move, as we all know to well good coaches are never easy to come by.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Who cares how much he gets paid... not like it counts against the cap...

I think it's a good move
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It sucks that the big 3 only got 1 title after all the hype when KG and Ray Ray first arrived there. They were 6 minutes away from a 2nd.
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I see another Sam Mitchell situation. Boston's only going to get worse as star players age. The coahces traditionally become the scapegoat in such a situation.
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Garnett, Pierce, Allen, Both Oneals......thats already like 3/4 of the rotation.......this team is too old to play 82 games + playoffs....He prob sees rondo and figures in a league were the PG is becoming the #1 player on the floor, their set for the future....partly
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Apparently BOS has already said that they'll make some changes in the off-season.... going to be interesting to see what those are.

Pretty safe to say that PP, Rondo and KG will still be there next season... I could see Allen getting dealt though... along with anyone else.
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I can easily see Rondo being moved for the right price. I know I said this earlier about Westbrook, but I can see Boston going after Paul by dangling Rondo out there.

Yeah, Rondo's a good player (great?) but if you can add a Paul and still get something out of KG, you could conceivably extend KG's career.

Wouldn't surprise me to see them move Jeff Green either. See if there's a team willing to buy into his youth.
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i will say that prove they enter in the rebuild mode.
if they bring him for 5 year, they will not wait until all the old big 3 are gone.

so i think, this off-season, they will make some changes, or they will wait until end next season, especially with a lockout comming.

i will say they get Doc for a cheap price. good for them.
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There is no way Ainge sheds Rondo, he is a crowd favorite and the flak he has received for the Perkins trade is going to limit who is in play this off season. With Davis and Krstic up for renewal I think they look for a youthful Defensive starter. I think they will try part ways with Ray Allen, I think his game is dependent on him getting away from his opponent, off screens and off ball plays, and I just think his legs aren't what they used to be. Which limits his contributions on both ends.
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There is no way Ainge sheds Rondo, he is a crowd favorite and the flak he has received for the Perkins trade is going to limit who is in play this off season. With Davis and Krstic up for renewal I think they look for a youthful Defensive starter. I think they will try part ways with Ray Allen, I think his game is dependent on him getting away from his opponent, off screens and off ball plays, and I just think his legs aren't what they used to be. Which limits his contributions on both ends.
I'd be surprised if Rondo is dealt too just for this reason.... the heart that he showed in the playoffs too would make the timing a little brutal.

Still.... PGs like CP3 don't grow on trees and if the Celts are dedicated to shaking things up I coudn't think of a better way to do it.
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Who cares how much he gets paid... not like it counts against the cap...

I think it's a good move
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It doesn't count against the cap. If that's what it takes to keep an elite coach, and the owners are willing to pay, then it's a good move by Ainge.

Rivers has had success in multiple types of situations: he had success with Orlando during a rebuilding phase after Shaq left and before T-Mac arrived, and he led a vet team of Celts to a title. He's coached well through pretty much every scenario a coach can face.
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I can easily see Rondo being moved for the right price. I know I said this earlier about Westbrook, but I can see Boston going after Paul by dangling Rondo out there.

Yeah, Rondo's a good player (great?) but if you can add a Paul and still get something out of KG, you could conceivably extend KG's career.

Wouldn't surprise me to see them move Jeff Green either. See if there's a team willing to buy into his youth.
To get Paul, the Celts might have to give up Rondo and Green. A 2 for 1 deal could work.

IIRC, the league has some control over the moves New Orleans engages in. Paul won't be moved easily, since a number of owners could bitch if they feel the trade is too lopsided. But, if Paul makes it clear that he won't sign an extension, then I could see how the trade gets the green light. I think it takes more than just Rondo. Rondo + Green, or Rondo + filler contract + pick

On a related note, if he can't get Chris Paul or another top 5 player, then Ainge should NOT trade Rondo. It doesn't matter if Rondo is good or great. His contract offers good bang for your buck. It will make rebuilding/reloading much easier for the Celts, especially when several of the old guys' contracts come off the books.
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Re: Boston moves/trades in general

Next season, the Celts have several players who will be in the last year of their respective contracts.

KG - expires next summer
Allen - expires next summer
J. O'Neal -expires next summer
Rasheed - finally off the books

If Ainge is careful with how he handles things, the Celts could make a smooth transition to a rebuild/reload. Ainge has a number of options he could pursue with that kind of flexibility.

You know, it's a shame they let Tony Allen go. A backcourt of T-Allen and Rondo would have been a good start towards transitioning to a younger lineup that beasts on defense.
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There is no way Ainge sheds Rondo, he is a crowd favorite and the flak he has received for the Perkins trade is going to limit who is in play this off season. With Davis and Krstic up for renewal I think they look for a youthful Defensive starter. I think they will try part ways with Ray Allen, I think his game is dependent on him getting away from his opponent, off screens and off ball plays, and I just think his legs aren't what they used to be. Which limits his contributions on both ends.
Rondo won't be moved except if the right deal would arise. Chris Paul would be the right deal. Paul, unlike Rondo, can hit a jump shot - anywhere on the court no less.
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