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Doc Rivers Remains Boston Celtics' Head Coach, Agrees To Five-Year Extension

Wasting no time, the Boston Celtics have given Doc Rivers a five-year contract extension to remain their head coach.

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Doc Rivers' Contract Extension With Boston Celtics Worth $35 Million, According To Report

Doc Rivers' contract extension with the Boston Celtics is worth $35 million over five years, reports Yahoo!'s ace Adrian Wojnarowski. That should make Doc the highest paid coach in the NBA next season, now that Phil Jackson -- who made $12 million in each of the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers -- has retired.

Rivers' last contract paid the coach $5.5 million in 2010-11. He had signed an extension in 2008, after he led the Celtics to their 17th NBA championship just a year after the team finished with the league's second worst record. That contract extension paid Rivers $11 million over the two most recently completed seasons. Boston made the NBA Finals in 2010, losing to the Lakers in seven game. The Celtics were knocked out of the 2011 playoffs on Wednesday, falling 4-1 to the Miami Heat.

Rivers had been rumored to be considering an early retirement to watch his son Austin play at Duke next season. But Rivers said after the Celtics' loss that he wanted to come back, and the franchise quickly reached a deal.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.


Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics Agree On Five-Year Contract Extension, According To Report

Coming into the 2010/11 season, there was a growing feeling that Doc Rivers was in his final year as the head coach of the Boston Celtics. That thought quickly evaporated in the days after the team's second-round NBA Playoffs loss to the Miami Heat. Now, it looks like Rivers will be the team's coach for the foreseeable future. Rivers has agreed to a five-year contract extension to remain behind the Celtics' bench, general manager Danny Ainge told Greg Dickerson of CSN New England.

Rivers had indicated his desire to take a step back after the season, but went back on that in the postgame press conference following Boston's Game 5 loss on Wednesday. The Celtics began negotiating a contract extension immediately after that, and it looks like an agreement was reached quickly.

Rivers has been the Celtics' coach since 2004, and really improved his reputation by steering the Celtics to the title in 2008, getting three superstars to buy into the idea of sacrifice and facilitating the development of point guard Rajon Rondo into a star. 

For more on the Celtics, check out Celtics Blog and SB Nation Boston.


Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics Negotiating New Contract, According To Report

With the season over, the Boston Celtics are wasting no time in signing their head coach, Doc Rivers, to a new contract. Just moments after the Celtics bowed out of the playoffs, Rivers told reporters he was leaning heavily toward returning; now the Associated Press (via USA Today) reports that the Celtics and Rivers are discussing a multi-year contract that would have the coach leading his team into an expected rebuilding era in a few years.

Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are close to the end of their current contracts, putting retirement closer to now than in the future. Paul Pierce would likely be the pivot figure to help Rivers during the transition, as he has several years left on his contract. But for now, Rivers and the Big Three will give it one more shot for a championship.

Rivers is 336-238 in seven seasons as the Celtics coach and led the team to an NBA Championship in 2008. In addition, Boston has made the playoffs five of the seven years Rivers has coached and made a return to the NBA Finals in 2010 before losing to the Lakers this season.

For more on Doc Rivers and the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.

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