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Doc Rivers is considering whether to walk away from his job as the coach of the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN.

“Doc loves coaching,” an unnamed source said. “He loves coaching in Boston. But he feels it may be time for a change.”

Rivers has not ruled out returning for a 10th season with the Celtics and is close to General Manager Danny Ainge. The ESPN report left fans in Memphis, Denver, Los Angeles (Clippers, not Lakers) and even Brooklyn salivating, but Rivers wouldn’t be a free man if he walked away. He’d require the Celtics’ permission before he took another job, given that he has three years and $21 million left on his contract.

Over the weekend, Rivers told the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn that he’d “rather not say” whether he had made up his mind about his future.

Both the Clippers and Nets asked — and were denied — permission to interview Rivers about their vacancies last month. Rivers had better hurry; one job might be coming off the table with the report that the Nets and Jason Kidd are closing in on a deal.

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