Ainge: Rivers To Return As Celtics Coach

Celtics GM Danny Ainge has confirmed that Doc Rivers will return to Boston next year as the team's head coach, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe (via Twitter). In making the announcement, Ainge added, "We've got a coach everybody would love to have."

While Rivers remains under contract with the Celtics for another three seasons, he cast a little doubt on his future with the club after the Knicks eliminated Boston from the postseason earlier this month. At the time, Washburn reported (via Twitter) that Rivers "wasn't 100% sure" he'd be back with the team next season, and there were also rumors that the Nets would pursue the C's coach if Boston let him out of his contract.

Now that the Celtics know for sure that Rivers will be returning, Ainge and Co. can begin addressing the rest of the questions facing the team. The biggest two question marks involve the futures of Paul Pierce, who has a partially guaranteed contract, and Kevin Garnett, who may end up considering retirement.

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