The man who outcoached and embarassed the legendary Phil Jackson in the NBA Finals will be with the Celtics for the next three seasons, according to Yahoo Sports.
After winning the NBA championship, Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics have reached agreement on a contract extension through the 2010-2011 season, a league source familiar with the deal told Yahoo! Sports. The contract has not been signed, but Celtics officials and Rivers’ agent, Lonnie Cooper, are in the process of finishing up the paperwork, the source said.
When reached by text message later Tuesday, Rivers confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that he had recently come to terms but didn’t want to make “a big deal about it.”
After an emotional year in which Rivers lost his father, Grady, in November, there had been some concern that he might consider leaving coaching for a return to television. With approximately $5.5 million a season in the new deal – and postseason incentive clauses that could drive his annual total to $7 million – to go with a chance to win more titles, Rivers never seriously considered walking away.
Doc’s no dummy. He’ll be around as long as Paul Pierce and KG are wearing green. And since the extension is for just two years, Doc will be able to cash in again when the Celtics win another title.