Source: Rivers still undecided on future

Source: Rivers still undecided on future
June 12, 2013, 12:45 pm
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SAN ANTONIO — The shroud of mystery surrounding Doc Rivers continues to leave many unsure, the Celtics included, as to what his plans are for the future.

ESPN reported on Wednesday that Rivers believes "it may be time for a change" in his status as Celtics head coach.

But a league source contacted by on Wednesday indicated that Rivers continues to mull over whether he will return to Boston, and he hasn't made a decision one way or the other.

"He's really torn up about this," the source said.

It is unclear if he has given his players any indication of his plans for next season.

Sources close to Comcast SportsNet say that Rivers is still wavering.

One player contacted Wednesday said, "We're waiting just like you guys."

Regardless, Rivers' insistence on not addressing the matter publicly only fuels speculation that he's on his way out -- or at the very least, giving it some serious consideration. This despite Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, indicating last month that he expected Rivers back as the C's head coach for what would be his 10th season.

Earlier this week, reported that Rivers' hesitation to commit to this season is to some degree related to concerns he has about the type of team he will be coaching next season.

When Rivers first took the job in 2004, the Celtics won the Atlantic Division title but were beaten in the first round of the playoffs by Indiana.

The following two seasons, the Celtics failed to make the playoffs but accumulated assets that eventually led to trades for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.

While the end result certainly paid off handsomely for the Celtics, another source said Rivers isn't too keen on the idea of this team being significantly deconstructed -- something Rivers had to have known would happen to some degree prior to signing a five-year, $35 million contract in 2011.
But that, much like what Rivers will decide for his future, remains a mystery unsolved.