Was there really any doubt? You didn’t really buy into the insane notion he would leave the Celtics to coach the Clippers, did you?
A league source confirmed an earlier report by the Boston Globe that Rivers would in fact return to the sidelines for the Celtics next season.
“We’ve got a coach everybody would love to have,” Ainge told the Globe.
Well, that’s one piece of the puzzle.
Next up is “What to do with Paul Pierce?” He is owed $15 million next season or the Celtics can buy him out by June 30 for $5 million. What happens to Pierce likely determines what happens to Kevin Garnett — if Pierce is back KG probably will be, if Pierce is bought out KG probably retires.
So the real question is: Do you want to blow the whole thing up and start rebuilding now? Because you’re not going to be that bad a rebuilding team, not with Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. In the East you might compete for the eight seed with those two and a couple of shooters. You’re not going to seriously be in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes. So do you bring everybody back and be a dangerous five seed, or do you just blow it up now and start over?
Whatever you do, Doc Rivers will be your coach.