Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers might be looking to make a change, ESPN reported Wednesday.
After nine years in Boston, Rivers is the longest tenured coach in the NBA after Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. But there is some uncertainty about whether Rivers wants to return for a 10th season.
“Doc loves coaching,” a source told ESPN. “He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change.”
Rivers, who has attended the Celtics’ pre-draft workouts, has three years left on a five-year, $35 million contract extension he signed after the 2010-11 season.
A close relationship with Celtics general manager Danny Ainge could make a decision to leave Boston difficult. But the Celtics are an aging team led by Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce that faces a rebuilding task in the near future.
If Rivers does choose to depart, it’s uncertain whether he would pursue another coaching job or return to broadcasting. The Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers have asked for permission to talk with him about their vacancies, but Ainge turned them down.
Rivers led the Celtics to an NBA championship in 2008 and an Eastern Conference title in 2010. Boston has reached the playoffs the past six seasons.