Rivers' decision to come 'very soon'

Updated: June 25, 2010, 8:34 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Thursday he hopes to make a decision on whether he'll return to Boston for the final year of his contract by July 1. Rivers was addressing the media following the Celtics' selection of Avery Bradley with the 19th pick in the NBA draft.

"I don't know yet," Rivers said when asked if he'll be coaching Bradley. "If I'm coaching, I'll be coaching him -- I can tell you that. But I just don't know yet.

"We'll make a decision very soon though, very soon."

Asked if that decision could come next week, Rivers said he hoped it would.

"Oh yeah, I hope so," he said. "For a lot of reasons, that July 1 date is important. I think it would be good to make a decision before that."

Rivers was then asked why he even came to Boston for the draft with his future uncertain.

"I'm still an employee," said Rivers. "[Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] wanted me to be here. It's where I wanted to be."

Rivers admitted his input into the draft has been minimal.

"Not much, and I didn't want it to be, honestly," said Rivers. "I trust Danny so much, honestly. For me, the way I look at it, he's done the work all year. What Danny does, he gives me a list and says, 'This is what we're looking at. What do you think?' We sat and watched tape the last couple of days and I turned back to him and said, 'What do you think?' And he said, 'I think you'd like coaching this guy.' That's basically what we've done since I've been here."

Rivers also said that Kendrick Perkins had been scheduled for surgery Friday to repair the two torn ligaments in his right knee, but that it will be delayed until the swelling subsides.

"Well, we assumed surgery Friday, but we're going to wait a little while," said Rivers. "The swelling and stuff has to go down, but I don't really know [when it will happen]. In the next couple of weeks."

Chris Forsberg is the Celtics reporter for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com


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