Doc Rivers will be the Celtics coach next season

Kevin C. Cox

While Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce's future in Boston is still in the air, Danny Ainge confirmed on Thursday that Rivers would be back.

Although Doc Rivers is under contract for next season, rumors about the Celtics beginning a rebuilding effort have led many to speculate about the veteran coach's future in Boston.

The Nets were one of many teams rumored to be interested in Rivers if he were made available, but Celtics GM Danny Ainge shot down the possibility on Thursday:

Rivers, one of the most respected coaches in the NBA, has openly speculated about stepping away at the end of the last few seasons.

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Now, the spotlight turns to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who have both hinted at the possibility of retirement. If they come back, will Ainge try for one more run at a championship or will he begin the process of building a younger team around Rajon Rondo?

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