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Danny Ainge confirms that Doc Rivers will return to Celtics

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At the NBA draft combine Thursday, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made it official, telling the Globe that Doc Rivers will return for a 10th season as head coach after some speculation that he was considering stepping down.

Following the Celtics’ season-ending loss to the Knicks May 3, Rivers said he was going to decompress from the difficult, injury-plagued season and determine his future. But Ainge said Thursday that he and Rivers had already discussed the 2013-14 season.

The Celtics have the 16th pick in the draft, and there are two major questions entering the offseason: the status of Paul Pierce and the status of Kevin Garnett.

An NBA source said Pierce’s family is already beginning to prepare for relocation from Boston.

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