Celtics, Clippers Deal Held Up Over Bledsoe?
The proposed cross-country move of Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics’ bench to the Los Angeles Clippers’ bench remained in limbo Saturday night because of the teams’ ongoing haggling over prized young guard Eric Bledsoe, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Celtics will not consent to allow Rivers out of the final three years and $21 million on his contract unless they receive both Bledsoe and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in a corresponding trade for Boston’s Kevin Garnett, along with at least one future first-round pick as compensation for Rivers.
Yet sources say that the Clippers continue to tell Boston that they will not include Bledsoe in the proposed trade for Garnett, largely because they are determined to keep Chris Paul’s backup to headline a separate down-the-road trade once they’re certain that Paul has committed his long-term future to L.A.
The viability of the trade scenario featuring Rivers and Garnett thus hinges on either the Celtics or the Clippers relenting in the next day or two. Boston is also said to be insisting that the Clippers absorb the contract of either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee to clinch the deal.