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Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe early Wednesday afternoon that he plans to return to the Celtics’ bench next season to serve out the final year on the contract. While watching his son Austin play in San Antonio in the FIBA-Americas Under-18 Championships, he texted the Boston Globe,
“I’m coming back. I want another crack at it with this group.”
While he obviously would like to spend more time watching his sons play basketball and his daughter play volleyball, he also told WEEI Radio last week that the Big Three (and presumably Rajon Rondo as well) was difficult to resist as a coaching opportunity.
Okay, so the Big Three + Rondo might not be around in their entirety. Ray Allen and now Paul Pierce are free agents. Have the trade rumors from last season hurt Allen’s feelings too much? Is Pierce asking for way too much than the Celtics are willing to pay? This is Boston; we’re a money city and Pierce will sign another deal here. Ray Allen is too good to let go. Then again, that’s what we all thought about Josh Beckett and Tim Thomas, and look at what they have (or more accurately, haven’t) done since their too lucrative extensions.
Make no mistake, less years on new deals are probably in order for the Big, Old Three, but they’ll be back for a couple of seasons. Of course, I could always be wrong. So what if I am wrong, and the Big Three leaves on an off-chance. I would relish the opportunity. If they don’t sign, or if Boston is willing to let them go, that frees up some change to make a deal happen with another big free agent. LeBron James would do great in Boston; Rondo and Garnett would complement him well, and James would bring more youth without sacrificing skill. Or how about Dwyane Wade? Both of them have been having playoff problems lately. The Celtics? Not so much. That argument and potential cap space could convince someone to wear Celtic Green.
But remember, this a very large long-shot. Vegas can’t even put odds on it. But it’s a nice dream, and something to keep in mind in case new negotiations with Pierce and Allen fail.