Rivers agrees to 5-year extension

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Rivers agrees to 5-year extension

Breathe a little bit easier Celtics fans, Doc Rivers will be with the team for at least five more years.

The team's director of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, told CSNNE'sGreg Dickerson that Rivers has reached an agreement on a five-yearcontract extension. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics will pay Rivers 35 million over that period.

After being eliminated by the Heat in the second round of the playoffs, Rivers stated that he was "leaning heavily" towards coming back. The length of the contract, however, comes as a bit of surprise. Rivers has taken the last couple of years on a year-by-year basis, stating numerous times that he eventually wanted to take time off and spend it with his family. Many assumed that he might ride out the Big Three era and part ways, but the new extension proves otherwise.

Doc just finished his 7th season as Celtics head coach, and currently has the 3rd most regular season wins by a coach (336) behind Red Auerbach (795) and Tommy Heinsohn (427).

His coaching career as a Celtic has been nothing short of a roller-coaster. Rivers wasn't always as highly regarded as he is now, and was in fact a lot of fans' target during the Celtics franchise worst 18-game losing streak before Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen came to town.

Because he had the trust of the Celtics front office, Rivers was kept on.

Now, that relationship is stronger than ever, as Rivers and Ainge have perhaps the best on-the-court and off-the-court relationship among all NBA teams' owners and coaches.

With the core players and Rivers returning for next season, another title run is in the works, with plans to build a solid and capable bench around them.

The extension allows Rivers to have a hand in the post-Big Three era, an era that at least for now seems to be centered around Rajon Rondo and (presumably) Jeff Green.

Chevrolet SportsNet Central at 6:00pm and CSNNE.com will bring you the entire interview between Dickerson and Danny Ainge later today.

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”