Clippers, Celtics resume Rivers trade talks
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
So much for the Doc Rivers talks being dead for good.
One day after the Los Angeles Clippers ended negotiations with the Boston Celtics for a deal that would send Boston’s center, Kevin Garnett, and coach to Los Angeles, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed they re-engaged in the discussions and a deal again seems possible. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.
The deal still is thought to be centered on all the familiar pieces: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan would go to Boston, and it seems two first-round picks will need to be offered in order for the Celtics to agree to the package and give up Garnett and the right for the Clippers to sign their coach.The Clippers only offered one first-round pick in the first round of talks that ended on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Clippers have continued their coaching search with other candidates. They interviewed former New Orleans and Cleveland coach Byron Scott on Tuesday and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw on Wednesday. Former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins is also in the running for the job.
Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract, but he clearly wants to cross coasts for the chance to compete for a title rather than take part in the Celtics’ rebuilding job that is looming large. The Clippers have told involved parties that they were willing to pay him approximately $7 million annually.
It’s not known if Boston is still attempting to unload salary in the form of Jason Terry and/or Courtney Lee (each player is due to make $5.2 million in 2013-14 and $5.4 million in 2014-15).The Celtics had pushed for third-year point guard Eric Bledsoe, but the Clippers see him as a pivotal piece of their future as they attempt to juggle the challenge of winning now while sustaining the success later.
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 … [For more on Clippers, Celtics resume Doc Rivers trade talks, click here.]