Can Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers Put Clippers Behind Them Over the Weekend?

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2013

BOSTON, MA - MAY 3: Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics argues a call by an official in the second half during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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With the deal that would send Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and 37-year-old Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers falling apart on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Rivers will take the weekend to decide what his future is with the team.

General manager Danny Ainge previously wanted a first-round pick from the Clippers in exchange for letting Rivers out of his contract, yet, all Wojnarowski reported they would offer was a future second-rounder. 

If Rivers ever wanted to coach the Clippers, things currently look bleak: 

And his future in Boston is still very much in doubt: 

The Celtics may not be title contenders as currently constructed, but the backcourt is solidified with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley, presuming they can stay healthy. Jeff Green had a huge postseason, and if Paul Pierce, KG and the supporting cast stick around, this is still a formidable unit in the Eastern Conference. 

The roster was decimated by injuries last season, making Boston's 41-40 record all the more impressive. Not counting lesser-used players, Rondo, Bradley and Jared Sullinger all missed significant time. 

One does get the feeling that if someone were to leave, coach or player, things could be very different entering the 2013-14 season. 

Wojnarowski reports that Rivers is expected to have a decision on Monday, and if he doesn't come back to Beantown, leaving for television is a very real possibility. 

In addition to what could be an awkward feeling in the locker room should he return, Rivers is still owed a chunk of change: $21 million over three years, to be exact. 

Until Monday, Celtics fans will have to wait on their coach of nine seasons.