Last week, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports floated Doc Rivers and Nate McMillan -- two coaches who could be free agents this coming summer -- as possible replacements for Heat coach Erik Spoelstra next season.
And Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald also beat this drum Wednesday.
"Although Rivers likes his situation in Boston (where he is in the final year of his contract), two NBA officials said they would not be surprised if he took the Heat job, if offered next summer, for multiple reasons -- his respect for [Pat] Riley and [Micky] Arison; the Heat's talent base (younger than Boston's); and the fact his family lives in Orlando (closer to Miami), among others," he wrote. "If the Heat is looking for a coach next summer and cannot lure Rivers, keep in mind two other respected coaches -- Portland's Nate McMillan and Indiana's Jim O'Brien, who also are in the final season of contracts."
O'Brien has the Pacers primed for a playoff appearance so far this season, and though no extension has yet to be offered, the Pacers may look to lock him up again sooner rather than later.
As for Rivers, he contemplated not coming back to coach this season to be closer to his family, so Jackson's comments here are not to be dismissed.
But for now, this is more speculative dot-connecting than rooted in actuality.
-- Ryan Corazza