Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he still views soon-to-be free agents Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett as members of the team, despite a report of mutual interest between Allen and the Miami Heat and Garnett’s possible departure.
Rivers spoke at the EMC Club at Fenway Park where the Positive Coaching Alliance held a panel discussion with leading coaches in New England, including Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker, and Boston College men’s ice hockey coach Jerry York.
NBA free agency opens up July 1 and Allen and Garnett are sure to draw interest. Rivers was asked about his feelings on the two and the reports surrounding their possible landing spots, particularly Allen whose interest in the Heat sprung up Monday.
“I can’t talk about it yet,” Rivers said. “He’s a free agent. So, we’ll see. That’s what free agent means, it means you’re free.
“Ray is still a Celtic as far as I’m concerned,” Rivers continued. “So we’ll see.”
Rivers did say that he wanted both to return.
“We would love it,” Rivers said. “We would absolutely love it. But all that would be dictated all the way up until July 1st.”