Brooklyn Nets reportedly want to speak with Doc Rivers

Jim Rogash

The team is expected to request permission to talk with the Celtics coach about their vacant head coaching position.

After firing interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo in the wake of their first-round loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets are looking to make a splash as they begin their coaching search.

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has emerged as one of their top targets, according to a report from Stephen A. Smith:

"Expect the Boston Celtics to receive a call for permission to talk to Doc Rivers. Expect Brian Shaw of the Indiana Pacers to get a call. Billy King will scan the globe. I've known him for over 20 years. He's not going sit idly by."

Rivers, one of the most widely respected coaches in the NBA, has three years remaining on his contract with Boston. While he's comfortable with the Celtics, that could change if the team decides to part ways with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and begin a rebuilding process.

However, it's unclear how much interest Rivers would have in the Brooklyn job. Not only would he be the Nets' third coach in two years, but the team has a veteran core locked in place and doesn't appear to have many ways of upgrading their talent base and living up to the expectations put in place by Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

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