Rivers, who next season will be in the final year of a contract that pays him $4 million annually, has lobbied publicly for an extension. Grousbeck said that determination won't be made until the end of the season, and when it is, it will be Ainge's call. Team and league sources said if Rivers persists in pursuing the extension, it could cost him his job.
Now, that sounds to me as though Doc is pushing pretty hard to get an extension done. Previously, Wyc and Danny have steadfastly said that they won't discuss an extension or Doc's status until after the season.
Todsy's Globe has this little gem buried at the bottom of the Celtics Notebook:
Ainge also said he would make the pitch to ownership that it give Rivers a contract extension. "Yes. We want to keep him here and he wants to stay," Ainge said. Ainge said the matter will be taken up at the end of the season, although Rivers's agent, Lonnie Cooper, already has made contact with the club seeking an extension.
We are getting so much conflicting information about Doc's status. One day the Herald says that he is on the verge of an extension and the next day the Globe says that there is nothing in the works and they won't even discuss it until the season is over. Team and league sources say that if Doc pushes for an extension it could cost him his job but yet, the Globe quotes Danny saying he is going to pitch to the owners to give him one. Are we getting a smoke screen here by the team so that no one knows what they really are going to do? Are they really going to give Doc an extension or are they going to bring in someone else and just don't want him to know it yet and hence the smoke screen. Only time will tell, because the newspapers and reporters sure aren't.