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Report: Celtics won't let Nets talk to Rivers

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A week after the Boston Celtics announced that Doc Rivers would return as their coach next season, they refused to change their mind despite a request from a division rival.

The Celtics refused to allow the Brooklyn Nets to speak with Rivers about their coaching vacancy, ESPNBoston.com reported Thursday night.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge declined comment to the website but again said he expects Rivers to remain in Boston next season.

According to the report, Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his contract.

"Doc has told me he's coming back," Ainge told ESPNBoston.com. "I talk to him almost every day about our team and what we are going to do moving forward."

In nine seasons on the Boston bench, Rivers has a 416-305 regular-season record and a 59-47 postseason mark. He led the Celtics to the 2007-08 NBA championship, and he guided Boston to the 2009-10 Eastern Conference title.

Counting his time coaching the Orlando Magic from 1999-2004, he has a 587-473 career regular-season record and a 64-57 playoff record.
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