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Danny Ainge denies Brooklyn Nets permission to talk to Doc Rivers

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Danny Ainge has said Doc Rivers is coming back to coach the Celtics in the 2013-14 season. Now Ainge is saying he has denied the Brooklyn Nets permission to speak with Rivers about their vacant coaching position, ESPN.com reported Thursday night. Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract. The Nets did not retain interim coach P.J. Carlesimo after getting knocked out of the playoffs earlier this month. Reached late Thursday, Ainge refused to comment on the Nets’ interest in Rivers and reiterated that he expects him back on the Celtics’ bench next season, according to the website. ESPN.com reiterated that the Celtics’ unwillingness to allow a competing team to talk to Rivers suggests they expect him to honor the extension he signed on May 11, 2011.

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