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:
Danny Ainge confirms that Doc Rivers is returning next season as #celtics coach. "We've got a coach everybody would love to have."— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) May 16, 2013
Rivers, one of the most respected coaches in the NBA, has openly speculated about stepping away at the end of the last few seasons.
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?