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Some buzz growing around Garnett, Pierce, Rivers to Clippers. But it’s a long shot.

Jun 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Last trade deadline it was Vinny Del Negro who was trying to push a trade for Kevin Garnett, bringing the veteran to Los Angeles to stabilize the Clippers defense. But Clippers management wanted no part of the deal — they didn’t want to move DeAndre Jordan — and that was part of the tension in Clipperland that helped get Del Negro let go.

Now there is some talk of that kind of trade happening again, but this time with Paul Pierce and maybe even Doc Rivers coming West also. The key difference seems to be Clipper management is willing to consider throwing in the towel on Jordan.

It’s still a long shot, but Marc Stein tweeted this.

It’s more likely they all roll on in Boston next year.

Out West question becomes this — are the Clippers willing to move a lot of young pieces and essentially go all in on winning a title next season? Because the KG and Pierce window is about one season, then the Clippers have to retool in a big way.

Making a trade with the Clippers that works is pretty complex because we are talking about a lot of salary being moved — KG and Pierce make $28.4 million combined next season. That’s a lot of dough. ESPN’s cap guru (and all around good guy) Larry Coon talked with ESPNLosAngeles.com to break down how this could happen.

So if the Clippers wanted to trade for Garnett and Pierce, who make $28,356,610, in one big mega-trade before July 1, they would need to send out at least $22,605,288. Let’s start with DeAndre Jordan, who makes $10,532,977, and Caron Butler, who makes $8,000,000. Those two add up to $18,532,977. The Clippers would still need another $4,072,311 under this scenario, which would not be met even if they included Eric Bledsoe and Willie Green, who combine to make less than that. They could make it work if they included Jamal Crawford, but sources say Crawford would not be included in the deal.

That means the Clippers would go to the second option, which would be doing two separate trades. In this scenario, according to Coon, they get 150 percent or $5 million rather than just the 125 percent they get by acquiring them together. So they could trade Jordan and Bledsoe for Pierce and then Butler for Garnett. These two separate but parallel trades would work from a numbers standpoint.

That’s just the players. Doc Rivers still has three years, $21 million left on his contract with the Celtics. If the Clippers get him they are going to have to pretty much match that salary and give up some compensation to the Celtics (draft picks, cash) to get him. Does that sound like Donald Sterling at all? No.

So this is all a real long shot. But it’s gaining some buzz and people are talking about it, at least.

  1. dudermcrbohan - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    C’s might as well do what they can to make this happen. If every year there is speculation of Doc leaving, then he probably wants to leave.

    I can’t see that team getting higher than the sixth seed the way it is currently constructed. So you basically have a one-and-done year next year, maybe they get to the semi-finals, but no further if you’re being realistic. Then the rebuilding begins. KG, Pierce and likely Doc all leave for nothing.

    Start the rebuild a year early and get some pieces for what you’ve got left. There is no way around the C’s impending rebuild.

    • fredagsedb - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      I’m pretty sure Ainge knows more about how Doc feels than the media. It’s not everyone who goes Dwight Howard and communicates more in the media than with the actual person.

      That if Doc really wants out badly, there’s no sense in keeping him, if he’s not motivated. But I understand that Ainge wants some compensation for him when he has him on books for three more years.

  2. emosnar - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    That would be hilarious if this went down and CP3 still left. Laving no guards, no Crawford and a bunch of old dudes, Blake Griffin and a Kia.

    Worth a shot though just might be enough to keep CP3. But its a best a two year shot then what?

    • fredagsedb - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      That would indeed be comical. But that would still be better team than Boston (assuming they don’t bring in something crazy, which is hard to see). They would be in a hard conference though, so the playoff picture for them might still be the same with a 2nd round exit maybe 1st.

      But maybe the trio, especially KG, can get Griffin to use his atlethicism for things beside dunks, like defense and rebounding. That guy could average 20 reb with the right attitude.

  3. jcrileyesq - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Article does not account fro the the factor that I believe Boston can opt out of pierce 15m owed this yr for 5m. That seems to be the most important piece of the puzzle. If the Celts opt out the Pierce the LA native would be a FA, who would most likely play in the western confernce for a contender who needs a small forward(clippers or memphis)

  4. fullashyt - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    When Stephen A. Smith mentioned this a month ago everyone laughed and said he was a moron..smh.. I wonder who’s laughing now…

    • dudermcrbohan - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      i laughed and said he was a moron, but it was just a general statement, nothing to do with the clip/celts issue

      • jamieaadams - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        I thought that was the standard response to hearing SAS’s name.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        Same here

    • emosnar - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      I dunno who is laughing but ol’ Vinny Del should be crying. They maybe coulda did KG for Jordan mid season now they have to throw in everybody. Mgmt seems shaky.

    • adoombray - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      there is still no reason to believe this is anything other than the media reporting it’s own false rumors that it gets from “anonymous sources” (Read: other media members), just like everything else Stephen A says. the guy is a hack and a fraud and a repost on a couple of blogs still doesn’t prove anything.

      There’s no way the clippers sell the farm to become the Celtics for a year and then go back to being terrible.

    • scottheis82 - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Stephen A Smith says all kinds of crazy stuff, check YouTube. Sooner or later somethings gotta stick, it’s the law of large numbers. Just be careful with all that smh’in, don’t want you to damage that little Stephen a smith listening brain of yours.

    • davidly - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      I apologize in advance for what I’m going to say, cuz I really don’t care for ad hominems–though, I don’t suppose that makes a diff–

      You know those dictionaries with a couple of pictures in the margins on each page to illustrate some of the words? Well, in the column next to the word douche-bag, there is a photo of Stephen A. and Skip B. fighting for the spot.

  5. JMClarkent - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    While it makes them better, depending on the cost I don’t know how much better this makes them. KG and PP aren’t the KG and PP of 2007…

  6. remyje - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    What a waste of time writing this… And reading this :-/

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      And commenting on this

  7. dannymac17 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    as a Clippers fan i just want Doc.

    I dont want wheel chair sally and old ass garnett

  8. wammygiveaway - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Don’t forget, the Celtics also have the amnesty clause. They are one of 15 teams to have yet to use it. It’s risky because other teams with cap room will have first dibs on either Pierce or Garnett before the Clippers, and the Clips are in the luxury tax zone just like Big Brother Lakers.

    There’s also the rumor of CP3 wanting to recruit Dwight Howard, but it’s nothing more than a pipe dream due to Howard wanting the max. But what if they do like what LeBron James and Chris Bosh did to become the Heatles, and take a pay cut to play together? Laker rejects and Hall of Fame Celtics joining forces with Lob City? Little Brother ’bout to be a man.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Great post.

  9. remmsterr - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Didn’t Stephan A. Smith report on this rumor during mid-late in May? If this scenerio happens, I gotta say this about Stephan A. Smith, “Even a dead clock is right two times a day,”

    • scottheis82 - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Stephen A Smith has vehemently denied that he actually said this, see sometimes his vernacular combined with how fast he speaks can cause us to think he says things that he didn’t.

  10. scalfor3 - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    If this is what it takes to keep CP3, its absolutely worth it for the Clips. Rumor has it that Paul is sick of Jordan and Griffin’s immaturity. With this move, you get rid of Jordan and his overpriced deal and give Griffin at least a year to learn from being around KG. Even if you only get a year out of KG and Pierce, you still have CP3, Blake and Doc going forward, plus the cap space from the old guys expiring deals.

    From a Celtics perspective, I’m not wild about DeAndre Jordan or Bledsoe (at least not for the money it will cost to keep him), but its worth getting at least something for three guys who seem to be good as gone already. Stockpiling assets is how we got KG and Ray in the first place. No point in straight up tanking it when you probably have too much talent to realistically be in the Andrew Wiggins lottery.

  11. unxpexted1 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I remember all those people a couple months ago was ridiculing Stephen a Smith for putting this out like he was trying to make headlines. looks like there was some merit to it.

  12. jcioffi1485 - Jun 16, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    God how I hate the Celtics. Why oh why would the Kings agree to invigorate Boston? Do nothing here. Why give up draft choices and a top line player for a broken down Garnett? Need a coach? There’s a lot of them out there.

  13. florida727 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    The funny thing about trades is, ALL the involved parties have to feel they’re benefitting from it to make it actually happen. Why in the world would the Clippers want TWO players well past their respective primes? And Rivers is only one of many qualified coaches available. He’s overpriced, good for him, he cashed in when he could, but now he’s nowhere worth what the Celtics are on the hook to him for. This is nice fodder for a sports blog, but it’s not happening. Ever. Period.

  14. jimsjam33 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    CP3 is tired of DeAndre and Griffin because of their immaturity ? That settles it for me . Trade Paul and play Bledsole . Nah , that’s as stupid as this article . All the Clips need is a small forward and a good coach .

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