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Danny Ainge says Clippers-Celtics deal is 'dead', the team wants Doc Rivers back as head coach

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  June 18, 2013 12:26 PM

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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed to the Globe that the proposed Celtics-Clippers blockbuster deal that would have sent both Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers is, in fact, "dead."

The Clippers began leaking word Tuesday that the Celtics' asking price of DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks in exchange for Rivers and Garnett was too steep, and they were set to move on and hire either Lionel Hollins or Brian Shaw as a new coach.

A league source confirmed to the Globe that the main hangup in the deal was that the Clippers did not want to give up a second first-round draft pick.

Now, Rivers is certainly in an interesting position.

Because of a non-compete clause in the five-year extension he signed in 2011, Rivers can't coach anywhere else for the next three years unless the Celtics grant permission.

But Rivers, according to league sources, is not at all enamored with the idea of coaching a rebuilding team.

However, Ainge tells the Globe that they have reiterated to Rivers that they want him back as their head coach next season. "He has been told that all along," Ainge said.

The decision now falls to Rivers and whether he wants to walk away from the Celtics and possibly retire and go into broadcasting, or whether he wants to still coach in the NBA next season, in which case the only option would be if he returns to coach the Celtics.

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