The Boston Celtics are in a period of transition, but that transition may be put off for yet another season as the franchise tried to milk all it can out of the three biggest pieces of the team at this moment. When Boston was bounced by the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, the question as soon as the final buzzer sounded became is this the last we’re seeing of Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Boston?
So far the jury is still out on Pierce and Garnett but the Celtics are one-for-three at the moment with news that Doc Rivers will return as head coach for another season. General manager Danny Ainge made the announcement on Thursday that Rivers would be back, but didn’t give any further details on the future of the club.
Danny Ainge confirms that Doc Rivers is returning next season as #celtics coach. “We’ve got a coach everybody would love to have.”
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) May 16, 2013
The question now becomes what does Rivers returning mean for the other two stars in question for Boston? Both Pierce and Garnett are in no way interested in being part of a rebuilding process but with Rivers back for at least one more season, they might be interested in coming back for a regrouping process. Rivers is a powerful leader and he’s great incentive for both Pierce and Garnett to come back and finish their careers with the Celtics.
Boston could blow things up and rebuild the team around a healing Rajon Rondo, but with Rivers coming back it opens the door a little more for the Celtics to make one more push at a title and allow Garnett and Pierce to go out together — possibly on top of the NBA world.