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Clippers, Celtics end KG-Rivers Talks
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 18, 2013 @ 12:55 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Clippers have ended negotiations that would have netted them Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.
The Clippers claim they are moving on with their coaching search and will no longer pursue the deal with Boston. They are set to interview former New Orleans and Cleveland coach Byron Scott today and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw on Wednesday. Former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins is also in the running for the job. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told The Boston Globe that the deal is, in fact, off for good.
While the Clippers appeared willing to give up center DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks in exchange for Garnett and the right to sign Rivers, the Celtics had pushed for third-year point guard Eric Bledsoe and had also been hoping to unload salary tied to players like Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. Each player is due to make $5.2 million in 2013-14 and $5.4 million in 2014-15.
The Clippers’ refusal to let go of Bledsoe had everything to do with his potential as a trade piece to help them add another star player in the future. And the revelation of how they see him as part of their possible plans exposed a new truth in recent days: the Clippers have considered the idea of trading power forward Blake Griffin.
Their interest in holding onto Bledsoe is, in part, tied to the notion that they could put him in a package with Griffin to do a sign-and-trade for Lakers center and free-agent-to-be Dwight Howard. It’s unclear whether the Lakers would consider the proposal if Howard decided not to re-sign with them, but it is a clear sign that the Clippers no longer see Griffin as the untouchable asset that he was once believed to be. Howard is merely one of a number of options being considered internally by the Clippers, with Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo and … [For more on Clippers, Celtics end negotiations over Doc Rivers, click here.]
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