by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

After contemplating taking a break from the game, Doc Rivers has agreed to continue his position as head coach of the Boston Celtics.

From Yahoo! Sports:

“Doc Rivers has agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract extension to remain coach of the Boston Celtics, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Rivers’ contract was set to expire at the end of this season. He had considered taking a leave from coaching, but after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday he told players he planned to return.

Rivers led the Celtics to the 2008 championship. The Celtics also reached the NBA Finals in 2010 and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.”

Although the deal has yet to be officially inked, the development all but solidifies what many assumed when the Celtics season ended in disappointment.

With Boston now entering a transitional period as they attempt to regain their championship form, securing Rivers allows the team to focus on their roster and reestablish their goals.

With eight years behind the bench, Rivers is the second longest tenured coach in the league, trailing San Antonio’s Greg Popovich.