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Doc Rivers shed some light on his situation to the Globe, and by shed some light, I mean we're still completely in the dark. From the Globe article: When asked if he is still in the decision-making process, Rivers told the Globe “I’d rather not say.” Although he has not been available to the media, Rivers has been present for pre-draft workouts and has discussed the future of the season on several occasions with Ainge. As Alice would say, "Curiouser and curiouser." Doc is carrying on everyday duties as though he is coming back. He's at the workouts. He's talking with Danny about the future. Danny has said he's certain that Doc is coming back. But then we have Doc saying that he'd rather not say if he's decided to come back and that he'll discuss it soon. And that leaves Celtics nation going crazy with speculation. Celtics Hub came up with the theory that Doc is keeping his decision quiet because he is using it as leverage to get his band back together. Due to this, I feel like we’re seeing Doc potentially use some little leverage in confirming his return next season. Before he commits to anything, he wants to know what the roster will look like, wants to know if Pierce and Garnett will be back, and if they won’t be, wants to know just what the team will be getting for them. In a way, he may be using the whole process as leverage to keep those guys around. He’ll have a say and probably always has in any trades being made, but Ainge has final say. If Doc tells Danny he’s walking away if Pierce and KG are gone, or if he doesn’t approve of the return Danny gets in a deal for them, you can bet that changes the equation a little bit for trader Danny this summer. That's entirely possible. There has to be a reason that Doc hasn't made a decision, or at least isn't telling anyone his decision. It just doesn't seem like Doc to keep the team hanging and then say he won't be back after the top coaching candidates have been snapped up by other teams. Especially since Danny has said to the press that Doc is definitively coming back. There has been some speculation here and there that Doc and Danny aren't exactly getting along these days. They have both been very clear in the past that they are on the same page and that they have an excellent working relationship. They have agreed in the past on roster decisions, the direction of the club, and other areas that a GM and coach have to work together on. Doc is there every day for the workouts. If it was family, he likely would have decided by now, but with his kids mostly out on their own, it seems that the ties that would bind him to being at home are largely past. So, we are left to wildly speculate as to what is going on. Here's my wild speculation, and it's pretty wild. Doc and Danny still seem to be getting along well so I don't buy the rift. It's possible that Doc is trying to use his decision as leverage. But what about if Doc and Danny are together on this thing. Doc is waiting to see what direction that Danny takes the team. If Danny can't find any good deals for Pierce and decides to keep the current group together for one more season and one more try at a ring with the same group, Doc comes back. But say Danny trades Pierce and KG decides to retire. As I posted a couple days ago, that leaves the Celtics just under the cap and starting new with a lot of young guys. So, it would seem that the best thing for the Celtics in that scenario would be to get a lottery pick and then next year, with a lottery pick, a young core, and a lot of cap space, they could sign a veteran star or two and make another run. But, maybe Doc doesn't want to tarnish his record by tanking for a season. So, he announces that for some reason or other he's taking a year off. The Celtics don't hire a new coach but name one of the assistants as an "interim" coach. They can tank for a year and get a lottery pick and then the following year, Doc comes back and the Celtics move on as contenders once again. I know, I have way too much time on my hands. That is one wildly speculative scenario, but with Doc not talking, it's as good as any other, I guess. The interesting thing about what Doc said to Gary Washburn is that when asked if he was still deciding, he didn't say that he was. He said that he'd rather not say. So, has he made up his mind and that is to act according to what happens with the veterans? Or have he and Danny agreed on a decision depending on the direction of the team? Or has he really not decided? With 12 teams looking for head coaches this season, it would seem rather out of character for Doc to leave the Celtics hanging this long, unable to grab one of the top candidates, especially with Danny saying he's definitely coming back.  . Right now, I'm with Alice. Somewhere, the Cheshire Cat is grinning. Curiouser and curiouser indeed. [Discuss on CG Forums!]
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