Chris Broussard reports that Doc Rivers believes it "may be time for a change." This report can only be taken with a grain of salt but it does seem that the consensus amongst those "in the know" is that Doc Rivers is leaning towards coming back.
ESPN Boston - Chris Broussard
Although Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge has stated that Doc Rivers will return to coach Boston next season, Rivers believes it "may be time for a change," according to a source close to the situation. "Doc loves coaching," the source told ESPN. "He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change."
Rivers is the highest paid coach in the NBA and is still under contract with the team for three more seasons. Of course, this means nothing, and he could still choose to step away from the rest of his contract.
This is only pure speculation but considering the way the news has flowed this offseason, it does make some sense that Doc doesn't want to go to through another rebuild/transition period. Perhaps the situation is getting closer to a final decision behind closed doors and Doc Rivers had stated he will only return if Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are back with the team. If that's the case, Doc might be putting the pressure on Danny Ainge by saying, "if they go, I go."
We'll have more to come as we receive the news. The offseason is still young, folks. Stay tuned.