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NBA has concerns about Clippers, Celtics deal
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 20, 2013 @ 1:55 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The NBA has raised concerns about the proposed deal that would send Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for center DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks. While the Rivers component of the deal was technically separate from the trading of players and picks, the league has informed the teams that the mere appearance that there is value being attached to Rivers is not in accordance with the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his contract, but he wants to join Garnett, point guard and free-agent-to-be Chris Paul and, eventually, small forward Paul Pierce with the Clippers to contend for a title rather than take part in the Celtics’ rebuilding era that is drawing closer. The Clippers have told people involved in the situation that they plan to pay him approximately $7 million annually.
The deal could still get done, but one of two adjustments may need to be made: the Celtics may need to offer more in the deal than just Garnett, with draft picks the most logical possibility; the Clippers, who have been attempting to give up just one first-round draft pick, may be allowed to give up less in the trade. The real trade value of the 37-year-old is at the center of this discussion, as the idea that Boston could net two first-round draft picks and a respectable replacement in Jordan who is 13 years younger clearly doesn’t calculate for league officials.
If this trade is completed, it’s expected that Pierce would be bought out by Boston this summer and sign with the Clippers as a free agent. Pierce, a Los Angeles native, is only guaranteed $5 million of his $15.3 million earnings for next season if he’s cut before June 30.
Talks had ended between the two teams on Tuesday, when the Clippers claimed they were moving forward in their coaching search without Rivers. … [For more on NBA raises concerns about Clippers, Celtics trade, click here.]
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