Talks resume, Chris Paul pushes Clippers for Rivers, Garnett trade
Just two days after talks between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers were called off, it looks like the two coasts are about to set sail on the possible Doc Rivers deal again. The Clippers have reportedly reached back out to the Celtics on Wednesday afternoon, after refusing to agree on numerous aspects of the trade. A mere 48 hours ago, the Los Angeles ball club did not want to send Eric Bledsoe or a second first-round draft pick to Boston for Jason Terry or Courtney Lee. But, once LA received news that free agent Chris Paul wanted the deal done, the Clippers are back knocking at Boston’s door, according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowksi.
“The Celtics and Clippers have started talks again on the Doc Rivers-Kevin Garnett deal, league sources tell Y! Sports,” Wojnarowski tweeted early Wednesday evening. “The Clippers reached out to the Celtics this afternoon to resume dialogue on a possible deal, league sources tell Y! Sports.”
The Clippers organization went to the organization’s owner, Donald Sterling, late Wednesday night, just moments after Sterling was meeting with coaching candidate, Brian Shaw, an Indiana Pacers assistant coach.
Los Angeles, who has come to an agreement that they want the deal to be done on Thursday morning, will send center DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks to the Celtics in the deal. NBA league rules state that Rivers cannot be officially traded, but the two draft-picks that LA would be giving up compensate for the Celtic’s release of Rivers and his contract. If River’s does accept this cross-coast coaching position, he plans on having Paul, the All-star point guard, resigning with the team.
“Doc is taking the job to coach Chris Paul,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “This isn’t happening if Chris planned to leave.”