ESPN's Stephen A. Smith just won't stop talking about the Boston Celtics, and in particular, Doc Rivers.
For whatever reason, Smith is hellbent on this idea that Rivers is going to leave the Celtics in order to, not retire and be with his family, but to coach a better team. Despite the fact that Rivers has three years left on his deal, and after signing it acknowledged that coaching a rebuilding team would be in the cards and that he was fine with that.
"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," and he also mentioned Larry Brown. He then returned to the man who will lead the search. "Billy King will scan the globe. I’ve known him for over 20 years. He’s not going sit idly by."
Danny Ainge, Boston's GM, would have to permit Rivers to talk with King and if the 10-year Celtics veteran wanted to leave, the Nets would almost certainly have to compensate the Celtics. Rivers has h...