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Why not another Clippers/Celtics trade update: Maybe tomorrow

Jun 18, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

Boston Celtics' Garnett complains about a foul during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Boston Reuters

The Clippers and Celtics keep inching toward a deal.

A much-discussed one that would send Kevin Garnett and the rights to sign coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles. The Celtics would get DeAndre Jordan and a pick or two.

The sides are close but there is no deal yet so they will talk again Tuesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

For the Los Angeles Clippers to bring Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to chase the franchise’s first NBA championship, the price to complete a deal could come down to a willingness to include an additional first-round draft pick in the package to the Boston Celtics, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Monday night.

After pushing for the Clippers to take back long-term contracts, the Celtics relented and have shown willingness to complete the deal for DeAndre Jordanand two first-round draft picks, sources said. The Clippers are willing to give the Celtics Jordan and one draft pick, but were resisting a second future pick, sources said.

A previous iteration of the deal had the Clippers taking on the contracts of Jason Terry or Courtney Lee in exchange of Caron Butler, but that seems to be off the table Wojnaroski said. At first the Celtics wanted Eric Bledsoe in the trade, but that was a deal breaker and the Celtics have backed off that demand also.

If this deal goes down the Clippers take another step toward contender — if Garnett and Paul Pierce (who the Celtics will buy out and likely signs with Los Angeles) can stay healthy. Rivers brings credibility, and if KG and Pierce are healthy they would bring some more offensive diversity as well as some defensive stability.

Chris Paul is going to sign with the Clippers anyway, but this would make it a lock.

To do this Clippers owner Donald Sterling will have to agree to a five-year, $35 million deal as coach, plus pay part of Jordan’s trade kicker. To his credit, he seems very willing to do this (something out of character with his past as an owner, but he has gotten the taste of winning and seems to like it).

This is all very fragile, but if the Celtics are going to blow it up I’m not sure they get much of a better deal.

  1. colincb - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Fire Ainge if he does this deal. Deliver the Clips a crown for table scraps? The Clippers can not win a title with the team they have.

    • fm31970 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Not sure which year these picks are for, but if it’s 2014, it could be a brilliant move by Ainge. Plus, if Doc and Garnett are thinking of leaving anyway, the Celts get nothing for them. Even if you get a late first round pick in 2013 for Doc, that’s a no-branier.

    • mjdkid100 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Jordan and two picks are table scraps?

      Rather get nothing in return? The Celtics aren’t going anywhere with the old crew. Time to turnover. Do it all at once, like a bandaid.

  2. ike73 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    I say this as the biggest KG fan in the world – the dude is washed up. I was really expecting him to retire this year. That said, seeing him, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers on the clippers next year would be painful as a celtics fan. And I don’t get Ainge’s obsession with DeAndre Jordan. Dude always seemed rather useless to me, even when playing with the wonderful Chris Paul.

  3. legeisyaj - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Do it.

  4. saint1997 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Wow, the Clips will still have the leverage to get a guy like Granger or Afflalo with that incredible asset of Bledsoe. Those pieces (KG at C and Afflalo at SG say) would thrust them firmly into contention

  5. crohrbaugh - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    After all this it would be awesome to see Chris Paul walk. How about go to the Lakers (where he was supposed to be) take a MLE for one year to team with D12 and max deal next summer?

    • fm31970 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      You assume he WANTS to play with Howard? The Clippers have a far better chance of winning a championship than the Lakers do, both this year and for the next three years.

    • paleihe - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Yeah, take the MLE, makes sense.

      Would you consider getting paid 1/3 of your value just because you wanted to work with someone else?

      • louderthanwords1 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Wouldn’t even be a third. Most Lakers can offer is the tax payers exemption of 3 mil. Worst thing has to be at this time there are 4 other idiots outside of crohrbaugh who liked his/her comment.

  6. fanofevilempire - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Bledsoe and Griffin in a sign and trade for Howard??
    Rebuild and contend with Mamba @ the all star break??

    Kurt, what is the status of this Laker trade, can this still get done ?
    are you asleep Kurt?
    oh boy!

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      The sign-and-trade from the Clippers could not even be proposed until July 1. I would consider it highly unlikely the Lakers would give this a moment’s thought.

  7. azarkhan - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Why not another Clippers/Celtics trade update? Because it’s boring and nobody cares.

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