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The Magic and Doc Rivers’ future

These days, Doc Rivers is probably enjoying his vacation more than anything. He is probably playing a lot of golf at Interlachen and spending time with his family, something he truly enjoys.

He also truly enjoys coaching and being in the NBA. Rivers has turned into one of the very best coaches in the league since he was fired in Orlando in 2003 after a disappointing 1-10 start. Rivers became Boston's head coach and helped guide the Celtics to the 2008 title and the 2010 Finals with his unique motivating style.

There is a desire to win for Rivers and the Celtics' uncertain future — regarding Paul Pierce's upcoming non-guaranteed contract year and Kevin Garnett's future in the league — has him mulling over his future with the organization. In all likelihood, Doc Rivers will be the Celtics coach next year. There is nothing to suggest that will not be the case.

However, several reports which came out Tuesday and Wednesday suggest Rivers is at least thinking about what he might do should Boston go in a rebuilding mode. Again, as Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald points out, the odds are "overwhelmingly" in favor of Rivers staying in Boston and coaching another year.

Orlando though will always have an allure for Rivers. It is his offseason home and he still has roots to the city which gave him his start as a coach. He still talks glowingly about the organization and his time with the Magic — which included the Heart & Hustle team for which Rivers won the NBA's Coach of the Year Award.

Elsa/Getty Images/ZimbioThis is why whenever questions about Rivers' future pop up, the Magic are somehow tied to him. This time is no different with Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel advising the Magic to keep a close eye on the Rivers situation in case the organization decides to pounce and bring Rivers back into the franchise.

This flirtation is not new.

Last year, before the Magic hired Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn, there were whispers that Orlando was going to bring Rivers in to be part of the organization's front office as an adviser or possibly the general manager. These proved to be more rumor than reality, but the idea is that Rivers is going to be tied to Orlando in some form or fashion if the team will have him and if Rivers wants to settle down closer to his adopted home.

Of course, that was all before the Hennigan staff came in and began laying the foundations for the culture he wants to build in the franchise. There is no telling whether Hennigan and his crew would believe Rivers would fit into the culture they want to build . . . or whether the Magic as an organization would force Hennigan to find a place for Rivers.

Bringing on Rivers in any capacity at this point would wreak of the kind of attention-grabbing move that made bringing Julius Erving as an executive vice president did. That feels like something Orlando as an organization is trying to get away from, focusing instead on building something sustainable on the floor.

Maybe Doc Rivers fits into that. Maybe one day he will want to be a part of that and work closer to home.

Now is not that time. And it is all simply speculation at this point.

Philip Rossman-Reich

About Philip Rossman-Reich

Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

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