BOSTON -- In what appears to be a standoff to prevent a drastic roster overhaul, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers seemingly has pushed all of his chips to the center of the table and challenged president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to call his bluff.
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If Doc Rivers leaves, everything changes for Boston.What happens next could leave the Celtics looking radically different moving forward.
For much of the past five weeks, Boston fans have been able to dismiss the idea of Rivers walking away as overhyped speculation. His indecision easily could be chalked up to a coach who has readily admitted to being "pretty much unlivable" during the season and annually needs an offseason detox to rekindle his desire.
May be time for a change.
That's what a source told ESPN that Rivers believes as he remains publicly noncommittal about spending a 10th season on the Boston bench.
Are the Celtics and Rivers breaking up? If Ainge holds firm to a desire to reshape a team that he strongly suggested is not championship caliber (and seemingly has little flexibility to become so this offseason), then a divorce that would have far-ranging collateral damage could loom.
Without Rivers, there is no Kevin Garnett. Without Garnett, there is no Paul Pierce. Without a veteran core, there'd be reason to explore trading Rajon Rondo, particularly if management determined that he's not a building block for the future. In essence, the Celtics could be completely stripped in order to be rebuilt.
New coach, new core, new start.
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