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Rivers on the Spurs’ summer

Former Spur Doc Rivers has been in San Antonio all week to watch his son, Austin Rivers, compete in the FIBA Americas U18 World Championships.

Doc RiversWhile walking out of Bill Greehey Arena at St. Mary’s University last night, Rivers allowed me to ask a few quick questions, two of which pertained to the Spurs.

Rivers said he thought the Spurs moves this summer will benefit next year’s squad.

“The draft pick is nice but Splitter, he’s going to be playing with the Spurs this year,” Rivers said. “That pickup is even better.”

But would it be enough to make the Spurs serious finals and championship contenders?

“The Spurs will be a championship contender as long as Pop is there and Tim is there,” Rivers said.

Coming from a coach who has taken his Celtics to the NBA Finals twice in the last three years, I think I can trust his judgement.

I also asked Rivers if he made his decision about returning to the Celtics for the final year of his contract, and while he said he had not, a day later we now know that he will be back with Boston to make another Finals run next season.