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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.