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Doc Rivers will be with son, not Celtics, on draft night

Doc Rivers will have his cell phone on him Thursday night as he sits with his son, Austin, in New York. (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics have the 21st, 22nd and 51st picks in Thursday's NBA Draft, and team general manager Danny Ainge will have to make the selections without his head coach in the team draft room.

Ainge told the Associated Press that Doc Rivers will not be spending draft night with the Celtics, but rather will travel to New York to be with his son, former Duke shooting guard Austin Rivers.

“He’s heading to New York with Austin,” Ainge said Wednesday, “which is where he should be.”

Rivers will be by his phone all night as the Celtics prepare to add to their roster. This offseason has great importance for the 17-time world champions since they only have four players -- Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and JaJuan Johnson -- under contract for next season.

The younger Rivers is projected to be an early- to mid-first round pick, although some have him going as high as No. 6 to Portland. Last year, he averaged 15.5 points on 43 percent shooting as the only freshman on the All-ACC first team.

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