More than a month after Celtics president of basketball operations said Doc Rivers would be returning to coach the Celtics next season, Rivers told the Boston Globe "I'd rather not say," when asked if he was still in the decision-making process about returning.
In a text-message exchange with the Globe on Sunday night, Rivers wouldn't offer any hints as to whether he'll return.
A lack of public announcement from Rivers following Ainge saying the coach would be back has led to speculation about Rivers' future in Boston.
More from the Globe report:
Rivers himself has not confirmed that and with the Celtics season being over for five weeks, speculation has grown that the beloved coach is seriously considering stepping down.
He also has three years and $21 million remaining on the table and several NBA sources believe he would not hold the Celtics hostage for more than a month and then step down, especially with the number of qualified coaches dwindling by the week. There is speculation that Rivers and Ainge are discussing new parameters for the immediate future, including the fates of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
With the draft in less than three weeks and the decision on the contract of Pierce necessary by June 30, Rivers is expected to make his final decision within weeks. He only promised that he would speak publicly about his situation “soon.”