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Celtics, Clippers restart Doc Rivers-Kevin Garnett trades talks at Chris Paul’s wish

Jun 19, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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Update (6:40 p.m.): Chris Paul is the catalyst for trade talks resuming. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Clippers management believed Boston would eventually come back to them out of a belief that the Celtics-Rivers relationship would be difficult to repair, but league sources told Y! Sports that Paul’s desire to play for Rivers – and with Garnett – has been a significant motivator for Los Angeles.

6:20 p.m.: When reports emerged yesterday that the Clippers-Celtics trade talks centered on Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett had ended, Kurt warned the deal wasn’t necessarily dead.

Well, the deal isn’t necessarily dead.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Where did we leave off before the Clippers ended the discussion (and putting themselves in position to look foolish now by asking to restart it)?

The Celtics wanted DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks. The Clippers were willing to trade Jordan and one first-round pick.

This doesn’t seem like an impossible gap to bridge. Maybe the Celtics accept a second-round pick or two instead of the second first-round pick. Maybe the Celtics accept tighter protections on the first-round picks. Or maybe the Celtics get both first-rounders but send Los Angeles a second-rounder. There are a lot of possibilities.

There’s also plenty of time to sort this out.

The Celtics can buy out Paul Pierce’s $15,333,334 contract for the 2013-14 season before July 1 for just $5 million. Until Boston commits to a decision on Pierce, the relevant factors for a trade with Los Angeles don’t really change.

The Clippers know this, and if they want Rivers and Garnett, they can wait to hire a head coach until Pierce’s fate is determined. That’s why Los Angeles isn’t acting as foolishly as it looks.

Until the Clippers hire another coach or the Celtics handle final year of Pierce’s contract, it’s difficult to believe this trade will truly die.

  1. pmx8411 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    It is also possible that this is KG’s last year in the NBA….. just saying..

  2. johnelwayismydad - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    It also could be possible that nobody gives a damn.

  3. JMClarkent - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Chris Paul should be introduced at games with the “Godfather” theme.

  4. pudgalvin - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    But poor little Chris Paul had nothing to do with Vinny’s firing.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Chris Paul is the puppetmaster of this comedic production.

      • rushbacker - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:11 AM

        Yea, but don’t tell anyone, or he might throw another hissy fit.

  5. crimepedrankings - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Interesting situation where both teams don’t seem to have much leverage.Wonder who caves?

  6. sportsnut101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Cp3 will not win a ring stop being his little puppet if he wants to leave see ya Clips did it cp3 way last yr didn’t work for playoffs n cp3 wasn’t a star like most people think he is

    Best pg in game that struggles to get 17 a night when the team needs him 4 th qtr

  7. jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Yayayaya now the Clippers will pay over market. Never thought I would be such a big Chris Paul fan.

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Boston will never buy out Paul Pierce. Either he retires a Celtic or some team thinks he’s an asset and the C’s make a trade.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Also, Celtics take a 2nd rounder and draft Andre Roberson who averaged over 11 boards a game last year.

    Full disclosure I am a Baffaloe Alum. I have also been drinking.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Thanks for all the thumbs up. My glass of Sazerac Rye neat is dedicated to you guys.

  10. moseskkim - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    If this goes down, cp3, Jamal/Chauncey, pierce, Blake, Garnett. Clipps have a had trouble creating shots down the stretch but u can p-roll with kg and iso PP all day. If Jamal’s hot then go with him or u always have one of the best late game players in cp3.

  11. stephenolszewski - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to hear Blake Griffin offered up soon for Dwight as well in sign and trade and I bet Lakers go for it if they have any indication that Dwight is going to bolt

    • melkipershero - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM

  12. scalfor3 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Clips have to get this done. Cp3 is good as gone if they don’t.

  13. jerdogthompson - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:28 PM


    “Comedic production”, you are a true definition of a tool. Better yet, your a wedge mans simplest tool.

    Going from the laughing stock of the NBA to a team that can compete for a title. That’s comedy to you. Your a maroon.

  14. jerdogthompson - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM


    The clippers neither need nor desire D12.

    The lakers can keep him or he can go to Houston, Atlanta or wherever. Doesn’t matter. The foolish person who started that rumor should have themselves banished from having the ability of contributing to the gene pool as I don’t need a fool jr walking the streets and writing more senseless nonsense to attract eyeballs.

  15. yousuxxors - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    I think a dwight for Blake swap would work for both LA teams.

  16. 00maltliquor - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    The asking price is reasonably low. Jordan is way overpaid and underplayed and has the same amount of years as Garnett, who would be more useful, even at his old age.

    Plus what’s a pair of 1st round picks when you’re gonna be a top 5 team for at least a couple of years. Pick #25+ for 2 years to have Doc coach is worth it alone, let alone to get someone you can play late in games down the stretch that can hit free throws and play D.

    And no Bledsoe in the deal? Just Jordan and a couple of 1sties? I would’ve agreed to that deal yesterday. Once that happens they are in full on re-build mode so they will cut Pierce for 5 mill for sure. Then pick him up. As much as he loves BOS, he’s an LA guy who would love to win one more with his coach and best bud, in his hometown.

    And to those who are saying that they are sacrificing their future for the short term: SO WHAT. This team has been GARBAGE for waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. When you got a shot at a championship, you go for it!!! That’s what this game is all about in the end anyways! I would take a championship if it meant 5 bad years vs. no championship but the teams been solid for 5 years any day.

  17. magicrat13 - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    just can’t believe how much basketball players dictate what management will do…..happens in basketball moreso than any other sport…

    nothing but a bunch of prima donnas….

    • shanelsweet - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      In case it helps you to “believe”, it’s all about the number of folks needed to make up a really good team. You’d see the same thing in football, baseball, hockey or soccer if it only took 2-3 really good players for a team to win the championship.

      • magicrat13 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        gee thanks, but don’t need your help in “believing”….every sport has a few superstars on each team, no matter how many players on each team….it is just my opinion that basketball has more divas than other sports…

        condescension aside, i guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree….

  18. steelerfanforlife - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Didn’t Kurt also warn us that this deal would never happen as well?

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